Sky Sports journalist: West Ham want to sign Borussia Monchengladbach star Denis Zakaria
West Ham are battling Liverpool in the race to sign Borussia Monchengladbach midfielder Denis Zakaria, according to Angelo Mangiante.
The Italian journalist claims Everton are also in pursuit of the 25-year-old, who has 38 caps for Switzerland.
“Liverpool, West Ham and Everton are interested in Denis Zakaria, contract expiring in 2022,” Mangiante wrote via his personal Twitter profile no Tuesday afternoon (7 December).
Earlier on Tuesday (7 December), Italian transfer guru Fabrizio Romano reported via his personal Twitter profile that Zakaria had recently changed agent.
He said: “Denis Zakaria has received many approaches in the last weeks, out of contract in 2022. He recently changed his agent – Bayern have joined the race, also Liverpool asked for information since he’s with Hasan Cetinkaya.
“Juventus and Barça still interested. Open race.”
Noble, Kral out?
There are some big teams mentioned in the race to sign Zakaria, but such is the size and attraction of West Ham now, they still stand a chance of bringing him to the London Stadium.
They look likely to be able to offer European football next season, possibly even in the Champions League, while the lure of London is always strong.
West Ham currently have four senior central midfielders, but they could be down to two by the start of next season.
Mark Noble has already confirmed that he will depart while Alex Kral is only on loan from Spartak Moscow, albeit with an option to sign him permanently.
However, he currently has not done enough, or been given sufficient opportunities, to prove his worth.
Therefore, a move for the “powerful” [Daily Mail] Monchengladbach midfielder could make a lot of sense.
Given his impending status as a free agent, David Moyes could be very tempted to make a move for Zakaria, either on a cut-price deal in January or on a pre-contract arrangement for the summer.
In other West Ham news, MPs were ‘stunned into silence’ after what was said about the Irons in Parliament on Tuesday.