‘It would be a great deal’ – West Ham eye Fulham deal as defensive solution: verdict

This article is part of Football League World’s “The Verdict” series, which provides the FLW editors’ personal opinions on breaking news, teams, players, managers, potential signings and more…

Fulham defender Tosin Adarabioyo is believed to be on West Ham United’s radar ahead of the summer.

Journalist Alex Crook told GiveMeSport that the centre-back is one of three Craven Cottage players that Adarabioyo is one of.

David Moyes reportedly wanted to strengthen the center of his defense in January but a signing was not made.

So, would he be a good signing for the Hammers? And do they need him?

We asked our FLW editors for their opinions…

Marcus Ally

One area of ​​the pitch the Hammers need to strengthen is at centre-back, they may face competition from higher places for the services of Adarabioyo but he would be an excellent signing for the club.

Due to his age, West Ham would likely be comfortable investing significantly in the Manchester City academy graduate, however, Fulham will be confident of retaining him until at least the summer of 2023.

The Hammers’ bargaining power drops dramatically if they are unable to offer Adarabioyo’s European football and Marco Silva seems to be making the most of him at the moment.

It would be a great deal if they could pull it off, but they might have to come up with astronomical numbers to lure him to the London stadium.

adam jones

January was probably the perfect opportunity for Adarabioyo to head to the London Stadium with Angelo Ogbonna – and given that they watched Rob Dickie and Dael Fry – it wouldn’t be a surprise if they were actively weighing a move. for the Fulham man as another EFL star.

It could be a very good move for the 24-year-old given the Hammers really need another option there – and it was a surprise they haven’t moved for a centre-back in the month last. It was also a major shock to see them not bringing in a striker, but that’s a topic for another day.

It would be quite a task to overtake Issa Diop, Kurt Zouma and Ogbonna in the pecking order next season – but from West Ham’s perspective – a capable fourth centre-back like Adarabioyo will only boost their hopes of being a upper half for years to come.

He may be 24 already – but he still feels like he could improve a lot and that will come with more Premier League experience – so it’s an investment worth making even if they continue to take advantage of him.

It could be worth much more in the years to come.

Ben Wignall

It’s perhaps a surprise that West Ham didn’t sign a centre-back in the January window due to Angelo Ogbonna’s long-term knee injury and Adarabioyo would have been a good choice.

Since leaving Man City on a permanent basis, the defender has made giant strides with his development and is now one of the best centre-backs in the Championship.

Also at 24, he still has time to develop some of his skills and you could say that considering he played a full season in the Premier League in 2020-21, he is ready to take that step up again. .

It’s about whether he will get guaranteed first-team football at the London Stadium, and with Issa Diop and Kurt Zouma there, you have to say that wouldn’t be a certainty.

He would however be a decent signing for West Ham – however, with Fulham likely to return to the top flight anyway next season, I would probably try to stay at Craven Cottage if I was Adarabioyo and try to negotiate a new contract, with his current deal expiring in the summer of 2023.


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