Swansea City are staring at relegation in the face. Huddersfield Town’s guaranteed safety now leaves them needing a miracle on the final weekend of the season to retain their Premier League status. For a while, it seemed Carlos Carvalhal would be able to keep Swansea in the top-flight. But their form has dipped dramatically in recent weeks. Injuries have not helped, including the Achilles tendon tear suffered by Dutch international Leroy Fer in February.
His absence was keenly felt by Swansea and now, this summer, they surely face a battle to keep the player at the Liberty Stadium.
So, could this be a chance for West Ham manager David Moyes to finally get his hands on the Dutchman?
In January 2013 the Scot was still manager at Everton and had his eyes on the then FC Twente midfielder. In fact, as reported by the BBC, an £8.6 million deal was agreed with the Dutch club and Fer was on his way.
Moyes was clearly excited, as he made clear to The Independent at the time:
“He’s a really good player. He’s someone who we’ve liked for a long time. He’s young and he’s certainly an up-and-coming prospect.”
Fer was seemingly Everton-bound. But the deal broke down. The medical team at Everton discovered a problem with Fer’s knee in the medical and, with just days left before the end of the transfer window, the deal collapsed.
That summer, before Moyes could consider a renewed bid for Fer, he had left Everton for Manchester United – where bigger targets were in his crosshairs.
Since then Fer has established himself as a highly competent Premier League midfielder with QPR, Norwich City and Swansea. As for knee problems, he has only suffered a medial ligament injury once in the five years since. It cost him a move to Sunderland back in 2015 but overall, Fer has proven to be fighting fit. In his four-and-a-half Premier League seasons, he has played 137 games, scoring 19 goals – fine figures for an apparently injury-prone player.
West Ham could surely get the 28-year-old on the cheap and he would be a brilliant addition to their squad. The irony, of course, is his current injury, although not related to his apparently dodgy knee.
Fer will likely return to training in July and with the transfer window open for another month or so, West Ham would have time to assess the risk of making a move.
This summer might be the perfect opportunity for Moyes to finally sign ‘The Bouncer’ and bring some midfield depth to West Ham.