By Saikat Mandal

8th Jun, 2022 | 7:10am

ExWHUemployee: West Ham United eye move for Juan Mata after Manchester United news

West Ham could be considering a shock move for Juan Mata in the summer transfer window, according to ExWHUemployee.

The 34-year-old is set to be available on a free transfer when his contract with Manchester United will expire. 

Speaking on the latest West Ham Way podcast over on Patreon on Tuesday [07 June] he said that a source has informed him to keep an eye on the development of Mata. 

Ex said: “Now, he’s 34, so that makes me think we wouldn’t bother. But Moyes has signed [Patrice] Evra in the past.

“He has been known to bring in the odd old player that had a lot of talent. And apparently, Juan Mata is still in very good nick – still, you know, as fit as anyone, still a decent player.

“And I’m not saying 100% he [Moyes] would even be interested in him, I don’t know, but someone just said to me, sent me a text, ‘keep an eye out on this transfer’, but that is not me confirming it.”

Shock move

Mata is an experienced player and a world-class midfielder in his own right.

He has scored 140 club career goals and won the FIFA World Cup with Spain.

In the last couple of seasons, the Spanish international hasn’t played much. He has managed 30 appearances in all competitions in the last two seasons, and it could be a risky signing, even on a free.

A move for Mata doesn’t make any sense, even though he would add depth to the attacking ranks.

The Hammers need to bolster their attacking department in the summer, and they need at least one or two players who can make a strong impact on the team.

As Ex said, there’s nothing concrete in, but Moyes could be tempted, having signed him from Chelsea at Manchester United in 2013.

Moyes has a history of signing odd old players, but after doing so well last season, signing Mata won’t galvanise the dressing room in any way. It would be a shock move really.

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