Transfer Opinion: West Ham must not miss out to Sheffield for Championship defender

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One of the key areas it has been suggested David Moyes will look to improve in the transfer market this summer is full back. Furthermore, right back has become an even greater area of concern after the double departure of Pablo Zabaleta and Jeremy Ngakia in late June. Just Ryan Fredericks and Ben Johnson remain, and the formers’ injury issues this season, forced Moyes into handing Johnson his debut.

West Ham have been linked with Nottingham Forrest right back Matty Cash during this transfer window. After the Championship side were displaced from the playoff places on the final day of the season, it has been reported that sources from Forrest revealed the 23-year-old has told the club he wishes to play in the Premier League next season.

Sheffield United are said to have already had a £10m bid for the defender rejected, but the news that Cash has reportedly made it clear he wishes to leave will be a boost for the Irons in their pursuit of the player.

Last season Cash was a standout performer for his boyhood club, featuring in 42 Championship matches while providing an outstanding five assists. Only Joe Lolley and Sammy Ameobi, both eight, set up more goals for the seventh-placed Championship side in the 2019/20 season.

Cash also played the fourth-highest number of key passes 1.1 per 90 minutes of any player in the Nottingham Forrest squad, highlighting the incredibly high number of chances he created.

Not only were Cash’s creative statistics impressive, but he also was Nottingham Forrest’s fourth highest goal scorer on three Championship strikes, epitomising his influence in the final third. The 23-year-old’s outstanding displays in the second tier did not go unnoticed as he won four man of the match awards before his season reached its abrupt ending,

It’s unsurprising Moyes is looking to the Championship for new recruits after Jarrod Bowen’s January move proved to be such a success. The £20m former Hull City winger provided four assists in the last seven Premier League matches to help keep West Ham afloat.

Cash reportedly making it clear he wishes to depart the City Ground should be music to Moyes’ ears, but West Ham still must stave off Sheffield United’s attempts to sign the wantaway defender. Should they do so, Cash should rival Fredericks for a starting slot next term.

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