Report: West Ham and Crystal Palace target transfer of Moncayola
Crystal Palace and West Ham United are both considering a transfer deal for Osasuna midfielder Jon Moncayola.
According to AS, the Premier League duo are keen on doing a deal for the youngster after his performances this season.
However, it’s not just the English top-flight duo who are vying for his signature with several sides across Europe also interested.
Teams have been alerted to the ace after learning of the €12m release clause in his contract.
It’s been made clear by the La Liga outfit that they aren’t willing to negotiate on their asking price. However, they are doing their utmost to keep him and have offered Moncayola a new deal.
The 23-year-old enjoyed a breakthrough season at El Sadar Stadium, featuring in 36 of the 38 league games.
TBR View: West Ham need midfield reinforcements
With the Europa League secured, the goal for David Moyes’ side this summer is to increase the numbers in the squad.
This season’s achievement of fifth place in the Premier League was a monumental achievement, however, the squad proved paper-thin.
Aside from Tomas Soucek and Declan Rice in the two central midfield roles, there was just Mark Noble on the bench.
Europe’s second-tier competition can be unforgiving especially if you don’t have the squad to handle it. The league games following European games will require increased rotation and without that teams can struggle massively.
Arsenal found that out this year, winning just six of their 14 games proceeding Europa League clashes.
And in Moncayola, there is a cheap and incredibly talented option available to the Irons. The Spaniard’s pass accuracy of 81.7% is higher than Soucek’s, a show of the ace’s ball-playing ability.
Recruitment is the key this summer with Moncayola seemingly a transfer target for West Ham. The lack of squad depth is scarily low going into next season and needs a drastic improvement.
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