By George Overhill

14th Jan, 2022 | 1:11pm

Frederik Alves back at West Ham after Sunderland loan cut short

Frederik Alves has had his loan at Sunderland cut short and has already returned to training at West Ham according to his agent Christian Bysted.

The agent confirmed the news to Bold who also report that “it is not yet clear” whether the Dane will remain in East London or be loaned out again.

The 22-year-old only made three League One appearances as his stint in the North East did not go as planned.

Next step?

David Moyes has been particularly short of cover in central defence in light of the long-term injuries suffered by Angelo Ogbonna and Kurt Zouma so there is potential for Alves to kept around the first team squad.

But it seems unlikely that the manager is going to find a huge amount of use for the returning loanee if he only managed a total of 10 appearances in half a season spent at a side two divisions below the Hammers.

The success so far this term has West Ham battling for a Champions League plan in the league and performing well in Europe, and if former Silkeborg player was ready to assist at that level then it is unlikely that he would have been sent to Sunderland in the first place.

The Athletic had called the defender a potential “gem” soon after he signed and Moyes was credited with playing a major role in pursuing the signing.

So, with his development apparently not being aided by his stay at the Stadium of Light, the manager may see a use for him as cover for first team players.

But what is perhaps most likely is that the club spends the rest of the transfer window seeking out a preferable replacement loan destination in order to get some games under his belt.

In other West Ham news, the club are reported to be chasing this midfielder from a big European club.