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Pundit View: Pundit eulogises over “tenacious” West Ham target “a lot of teams admire”

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After the departure of Jeremy Ngakia and Pablo Zabaleta, David Moyes appears to be searching for new recruits at right back in the summer transfer window. A name who has been strongly linked with the Hammers is Nottingham Forrest’s Matty Cash, who agonisingly missed out on the Championship playoffs in dramatic fashion on the final day of the season.

It has been suggested that Sheffield United had a £10m offer for the defender rejected before Cash told the club he wishes to leave to play Premier League football this summer.

Speaking about the prospect of Cash making a move to the London Stadium former striker Noel Whelan gave his verdict on how successful the 23-year-old would be for the Irons.

What did he say?

Speaking to Football Insider, Whelan said: “What a really good signing he’d be. A lot of teams admire Matty Cash and the way that he plays the game. He is tenacious, box-to-box and is another one that has been converted from a winger into full-back and plays it extremely well.”

The former Leeds United and Coventry striker added: “He has got a great engine on him and good footballing brains. Many clubs are looking at him, but I could see him fitting in at West Ham. You have got Ryan Fredericks as well, a very good young player so it would be welcome competition.”

Attracting attention

It is easy to see why Matty Cash has garnered so much attention for his performances in the second-tier last term, scoring three and assisting five goals for Forrest. However, he was helpless to prevent his boyhood club from slipping out of the top six in the final moments of a gruelling campaign. Even though his side will not be featuring in the Premier League, it appears he has not given up hope, and sources have revealed he’s told the club he wishes to leave.

West Ham are in desperate need of reinforcements at full back after the double departure of Zabaleta and Ngakia. Cash would add some much-needed depth to the squad in the vital area. The Hammers hierarchy must listen to Whelan and secure the Forrest star so Moyes’ squad is not left short next season.

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