Report: West Ham want to sign 36-year-old defender
The Telegraph claims that West Ham United want to raid Premier League rivals Burnley to sign veteran defender Phil Bardsley this summer. Bardsley, now 36, remains under contract at Burnley until June 2022. Somewhat bizarrely, the Hammers want to lure him down south.
Bardsley has spent the last four seasons at Burnley, clocking up 74 appearances in that time. Though not always a starting option, he is a useful tool within the depths of Sean Dyche’s squad. His versatility allows him to play right-back, left-back, centre-back and even in a back three.
That is probably what appeals most to David Moyes. The Hammers gaffer will continue to use a back three in 2021-22, and Bardsley can operate in all positions. Best suited is the right of a back three, but he can also offer cover for Vladimir Coufal – and at left-back. He is, of course, 36 though.
Bardsley age makes potential West Ham move a strange one
Certainly, Hammers fans will find the move a strange one – or more likely, an underwhelming one. West Ham’s squad is very light and ahead of a Europa League campaign, fans were expecting numerous signings to give them the depth – and be competitive in both Europe, and domestically.
Not one new first-team signing has been secured, as of yet. If 13-time Scotland international Bardsley ends up being West Ham’s first signing, West Ham’s Twitter will now be happy. While his ability to play across the defence makes a move understandable, his age simply does not.