West Ham reportedly still want to sign a right-back in the remainder of the January transfer window and have turned their attention to Barcelona’s Moussa Wague.
According to the Guardian on its live transfer blog (1:35pm, 31 January), the Hammers are trying to sign the 21-year-old defender.
It’s unclear on if they want Wague on a permanent or loan basis, but he’s believed to be on their radar on deadline day.
The Senegal international is a highly-rated talent at the Camp Nou and is an attack-minded full-back.
He’s only managed three senior appearances this season across all competitions, but one did include 90 minutes in a Champions League group stage victory over Inter Milan.
It looks like West Ham boss David Moyes is trying to add another full-back still with the January window drawing to a close and he’s had some issues at right-back this season.
Ryan Fredericks has struggled with form and injuries, while 35-year-old veteran Pablo Zabaleta looks to be massively slowing down and 19-year-old Jeremy Ngakia only made his senior debut in the defeat to Liverpool during midweek.
Wague is still a young talent that hasn’t had too much exposure to senior football, but he was picked up by Spanish giants Barcelona in 2018 and is slowly being integrated to their main group.
He’s a right-back that has blistering pace and can suit a wing-back role, while defensively he looks assured too.
The African defender did played 43 first-team games for Belgian top-flight club KAS Eupen before his switch to Barcelona and he must be desperate for more football.
West Ham could do with a new face to compete for the right-back role and Wague is an intriguing target that may be a risk worth taking.