West Ham United are thought to have been “keeping tabs” on Eintracht Frankfurt defender Evan N’Dicka since last season.
That is according to journalist Pete O’Rourke, who believes that the Irons will “know all about” the 23-year-old, with David Moyes facing the prospect of losing Craig Dawson following claims that the 32-year-old is said to crave a move back north to be closer to his family.
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A recent report from French outlet Jeunes Footeux claimed that West Ham are interested in landing Ndicka on a free transfer next summer, with the Frankfurt player now into the final 12 months of his contract, which he is reluctant to extend.
Speaking to GIVEMESPORT, O’Rourke said: “He’s a very talented player Ndicka, and obviously, West Ham will know all about him having come up against him in the Europa League semi-finals last year. So, I’m sure David Moyes would have been keeping tabs on him since then.”
N’Dicka has previous v West Ham
Having faced N’Dicka – who could be sold in January for a mere €15m (£13m) in the Europa League semi-finals last spring, O’Rourke is correct when he says that West Ham will know all about him.
In the second leg of that tie, the 23-year-old stole the show with a man of the match performance as a left-sided centre-back in a defensive three.
The Frenchman was rock solid that night and played a pivotal part in Frankfurt’s clean sheet by completing the most tackles out of anyone on the pitch with three – and that was just one feature of his masterclass against the Hammers.
With an average of 10.68 ball recoveries and 5.06 clearances per game over the last 12 months, this was not a one-off display from N’Dicka, with the young left-footed defender a sure-fire starter and deliverer for Oliver Glasner’s side.
The Hammers are right to be looking at the defender, despite the signings of Nayef Aguerd and Thilo Kehrer in the summer transfer window.