West Ham reigniting interest in Alexander Golovin - report
West Ham are back in the chase for Russian playmaker Alexander Golovin, but Monaco want up to £41.7m to part ways in January according to Championat.
Golovin is one of the key members of the AS Monaco team in Ligue 1, but has been unable to help them achieve a better league position than 7th currently domestically.
The Russian has been subject to interest from the Hammers since last winter according to the report, but David Moyes’ side have ‘returned’ for Golovin and face competition from Everton for a deal.
According to Championat, Monaco don’t want to lose their star man and will only consider a deal worth between €40-50m (£33.3m-41.7m).
The report suggests that Golovin is ‘ready to take the next step’ in his career, although he is more keen on a move to Everton to link up with Rafa Benitez it states.
While Golovin is clearly a talented player, his profile isn’t one that immediately fits in with what West Ham and David Moyes are trying to build at the London Stadium.
There game is reliant on high-energy players with a great work rate and physical attributes, something Golovin isn’t particularly known for.
While he has an excellent eye for a pass in the final third as well as some good dribbling abilities, the resurgence in form of Manuel Lanzini, as well as growing influence of Jarrod Bowen and Said Benrahma, make this deal hard to fathom.
Especially with such a big asking price placed on his head, West Ham would probably be better off letting this deal go and focusing on a tactic that has suited them well in the past – signing young, hungry talent from abroad or the lower divisions.
He was declared as ‘world class‘ by former manager Niko Kovac, but his performances don’t really live up to that standard and West Ham should leave this deal alone.
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