West Ham is famed for the talented young players their academy produces year on year but that doesn’t mean the club cannot branch out to land top youngsters from outside of the UK.

West Ham’s current Under-23s squad is mostly made up of British players but you do have to likes of Brazilian Bernardo Rosa and Portuguese attacker Mesaque Dju in there too.

Once the January transfer window comes around, the Hammers may also have a promising young Danish defender among their ranks to add to the foreign contingent of up-and-coming players at Chadwell Heath.

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That is if a report by Danish news outlet Bold is true as it claims that the Irons are close to agreeing a deal to sign Silkeborg IF centre-back Frederik Alves Ibsen.

As the international transfer window closed last week, West Ham will have to wait until January to officially sign the 20-year-old but it is understood an agreement for a deal worth around £1.2million is edging towards completion.

Ibsen has even followed West Ham on Instagram, which adds further weight to the report he is heading to the London Stadium.

Not much is known about Ibsen, who plays for Silkeborg in Denmark’s second-tier. However, if the youngster’s stats are anything to go by this season, he could be one for West Ham fans to keep a close eye on if he does make the move to London in January.

According to WyScout, Ibsen has won an average of 82.9 per cent of defensive duels he’s been involved in per 90 minutes of league appearances.

Silkeborg have won four and lost two of their opening six NordicBet LIGA matches, with Ibsen starting all of them.

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In his last league outing for Silkeborg, before being called up to Denmark Under-21s duty, the Brazilian-Danish defender completed a stunning 14 interceptions in a 4-2 win over Hobro.

In that match, Ibsen also made 15 recoveries, nine clearances, won three of six aerial duels he contested and has a pass accuracy of 89 per cent.

In the graphs below, you can see the key areas where Ibsen made his interceptions and recoveries against Hobro. Five interceptions were in his penalty area, as were three recoveries.

In one of those recoveries, Ibsen showed an ability to defend against two attackers by an impeccable reading of the game.

As you can see in the image below, Ibsen is closely jockeying a Hobro attacker, stopping a cross into the box. He’s also showing an awareness towards an overlapping run.

In the next image, you can see how Ibsen managed to position his body to stop the ball being passed to the overlapping runner.

We understand that Ibsen is doing this in the second-tier of Danish football, which is hardly the best league in Europe.

However, this is a young player who’s showing a great reading of football matches to break down attacks before they become too dangerous.

If he does end up joining West Ham in January, David Moyes could have a good young player applying plenty of pressure on his senior options.

In other West Ham news, the Hammers remain confident of signing Said Benrahma.


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