Hammers join race for young defender


West Ham United have joined the race to sign promising young defender Michael Kayode, according to HITC. The 19-year-old left-back, who recently signed a long-term contract with Fiorentina, has reportedly caught the eye of several top European clubs.

Hammers join race for young defender

Hammers join race for young defender

Despite his recent contract extension, Kayode’s impressive performances have attracted interest from major clubs like Arsenal, Chelsea, Bayern Munich, Paris Saint-Germain, Inter Milan, and Juventus. This intense competition highlights his potential and suggests West Ham would need to offer a significant deal to secure his signature.

The Hammers’ pursuit of Kayode is potentially complicated by the ongoing uncertainty surrounding both manager David Moyes and head of recruitment Tim Steidten. Their futures at the club remain undecided, which could make it difficult to convince Kayode of West Ham’s long-term vision.

However, it does suggest that Kayode fits the profile of a Steidten signing – a young talent flourishing in Europe. This draws parallels to the successful acquisition of Mohammed Kudus from Ajax, who has quickly become a key player for West Ham.

West Ham faces stiff competition from other clubs vying for Kayode’s signature. With 17 Serie A appearances already under his belt this season, he is considered a highly promising prospect. Additionally, the club’s recent interest in Roma midfielder Edoardo Bove suggests a growing focus on the Italian market for potential signings.

While the competition is fierce, West Ham remains hopeful of landing Kayode. His talent and potential make him a valuable target, and the club will likely need to act decisively to secure his services.


Share this article

Hugh Southon is a lifelong Iron and the founding editor of ClaretandHugh. He is a national newspaper journalist of many years experience and was Bobby Moore's 'ghost' writer during the great man's lifetime. He describes ClaretandHugh as "the Hammers daily newspaper!"

Follow on Twitter @hughsouthon