West Ham United have ‘thrown their hat into the ring’ for attacking midfielder Christian Eriksen, according to Daily Express journalist Ryan Taylor.
The 30-year-old is set to become a free agent at the end of the month when his short-term deal with Brentford expires, and he’s reportedly not short of opportunities when it comes to taking the next step in his career.
What is the latest news involving Eriksen?
Eriksen took seven months out of the game following his distressing cardiac arrest on the pitch at Euro 2020 before the Bees handed him a six-month deal.
And remarkably, the 115-cap Denmark international got close to rediscovering his best form for the capital club, registering one goal and four assists in 11 Premier League appearances.
However, after guiding Brentford to safety with ease, Eriksen now has a big decision to make regarding his future.
Club insider ExWHUemployee revealed that West Ham were one of several sides interested in securing the services of the creative talent, although it seems as though they could face an uphill struggle.
Sky Sports have reported that Eriksen is currently mulling over whether to sign for Manchester United or Brentford after receiving ‘appealing offers’ from the pair.
What has Taylor said about Eriksen?
Although the Red Devils and Brentford are leading the race for Eriksen, Taylor has claimed ‘there’s a feeling’ several other top-flight sides would be willing to offer him a contract.
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In an interview with GiveMeSport, he said: “There are other Premier League clubs that have thrown their hat into the ring.
“The likes of West Ham, and there’s a feeling that they would be prepared to make Eriksen an offer. Same with Leicester, Newcastle, those kind of clubs.”
Would Eriksen be a good signing?
West Ham are believed to be in the market for attacking reinforcements, with former loan star Jesse Lingard amongst David Moyes’ top targets.
However, Eriksen, who has racked up 110 senior club goals throughout his career, would be an attractive alternative.
As per FBref, he has ranked in the 99th percentile for expected assists and shot-creating actions, the 97th for total shots, 93rd for progressive passes and 85th for non-penalty expected goals compared to his positional peers over the last year.
It seems Eriksen is destined for either Old Trafford or the Brentford Community Stadium, yet West Ham may be tempted to make a last-minute move for the talented playmaker.
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