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Palace stance on Eze is good news for Hammers

Crystal Palace are set to miss out on QPR’s Eberechi Eze after refusing to budge on their £10million evaluation according to the Sun newspaper.

QPR rejected an initial bid from Palace worth £8m plus £4m of add-ons, but Palace have reportedly told QPR they do not think the 22-year-old is worth more than £10m as a flat fee. The West London Championship side have told Palace to only come back with what they feel is a serious offer, insisting Eze’s worth £20m.

QPR have made it clear they will not be bullied into selling on the cheap and hope interest from other Premier League clubs will start to drive the bidding up.

David Moyes is known to like Eze and he is understood to be an important target for the 57-year-old but the manager knows he must sell to buy players like Eze.

Claret and Hugh understand that David Sullivan and David Moyes are working day and night to offload some luxury and fringe players to raise funds to bring in a few new faces.

Moyes confirmed he wants to prioritise on defensive positions after conceding 62 goals last season and is thought to be looking for young full-backs and an experienced centre back.

The Hammers have a number of wide players on the books and one of these would need to sold to free up wages and provide transfer funds if West Ham are to make a formal bid for Eze.

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8 comments on “Palace stance on Eze is good news for Hammers

  1. Hi all, I am unsure about this, as I don’t feel we lack left side attackers; and how much better is he than Holland anyway (I know he is more proven and has more first team experience)?

    We have Lanzini, Fornals, Anderson, who could play there quite naturally, and then we have Diangana & Antonio for back up if we hit a crisis, with Holland as a young one to spice it up…

    If Moyes wants to play Eze in a more central AM role, I think we have options there as well. I would really like to see how Anderson would fit there, he can certainly move in small spaces, and have good acceleration and can certainly pick a pass when he is in form. Could be interesting to see when he does not have to track back so much and can focus on speedy creative attacking, with the occasional pressing interception.

    I know some (a lot!) of our players have not performed this season (Anderson is my biggest dissapointment), but there was a big issue in the whole team, and if you look at the quality in Fornals, Lanzini and Anderson, I am just not sure if Eze is better to be honest. I can certainly see Anderson come good again with a mental shift in the team. Lanzini is more troublesome, as maybe it has something to do with his injury, but I guess time will tell.

    I would much rather have a quality left-back coming into the club and maybe a central defender also. Do you think Cardoso will be given gametime next season?

    What do you think, which is the most pressing position to solve? And am I the only one who belives (maybe naively!) that Anderson can come good?

    • Ronny, I think Anderson could come good – but he’s not shown anything like the desire to do so especially since lockdown, except at Sheffield Utd which I thought was his best performance of the season. Without having desire and determination, he needs to move on.

      • Yeah, he really needs to start performing, certainly agree on that. I hope that with a good start in the league we would see a different version on him, he certainly has the technical ability to be a special player for us.

    • Eze is like a creative version of Antonio Ronny, he can play anywhere but also can set plays up from deep, the advantage he has over Holland and the others is his physicality, I know quite a few QPR fans as I live in West London and they rave about him, the best player to play for them for decades. Hard to say what his worth is but to QPR it will be high, I really like him and Watkins they are players that give 100% and could probably walk straight into the first team. We need versatility, we have Bowen, Fornals who are really out and our wingers but if Antonio gets crocked we are at a loose end, at a guess I think Eze could be a better partner for Haller than Antonio because he is more creative so it would give us some edges, am not sure we will get Watkins as I suspect bigger clubs than us may nick him, Eze though could provide us a different option up front or in any of the midfield positions.

      • That sounds really good, I just watched the videos of him; but hvae never seen him play a full game to be honest.

        I am not sure about trying to find a “partner” for Haller, seems like we are going a long way to cater to a player who maybe will never fit the PL well. Maybe we should look for a player who is better at playing the lone striker role than Haller (and yes I know he is not that type of player, so I guess it is about Moyes wanting to play with 1 or 2 forwards/attackers or not). I completely agree that if Antonio gets hurt, we are in a critical situation, because I can not see Haller filling that position (so maybe Eze could be a really good alternative with Haller if that happens).

        I didn’t intend to knock Eze, I do hope he comes to us as well. I love the physical play of Antonio and the urgency & fight of Bowen, we missed that during the first half of the season for sure.

    • I’m with you there Ronny, good post. I like Anderson but he certainly hasn’t done it this season and I wonder if he really wants to be here. Obviously the manager and coaches see these players pretty much every day, they know who’s who and what’s what, who they can and should move on and who to bring in

  2. I agree in that the return from lock down proved we can score goals, what need to do is stop conceding them, very much need to concentrate on strengthening the defence.

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