West Ham set to hijack Chelsea move for star, agree terms ahead of move

August 5th, 2023 by Olasunkanmi Ibikunle

Reports in England claim that West Ham are set to beat Chelsea to Edson Alvarez after agreeing terms with the Ajax defensive midfielder.

West Ham United boss David Moyes has come under increasing pressure due to his lack of incomings so far this summer.

Fabrizio Romano, however, reports that the Hammers have agreed personal terms with the 25-year-old.

The Mexican international is a robust midfielder and has been linked with Borussia Dortmund, Newcastle United and Chelsea this summer.

However, he is also the Hammers’ top target following the departure of Declan Rice to Arsenal, and it is now up to the two clubs to continue negotiations to get the deal over the line. It’s believed the transfer would cost around £35-£40m.

Moyes has admitted he needs more additions, and that he’s looking for players with Premier League experience.

Alvarez lacks that, of course, but is an accomplished player. He has won two Eredivisie titles and boasts 69 international caps to his name. He is calm in possession and comfortable under pressure with the ball at his feet, though unlike Rice, he prefers to sit in front of the defence rather than play between the penalty areas.

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