Takehiro Tomiyasu was a transfer target for West Ham United during the summer transfer window and his start to the 2020/21 campaign will certainly offer David Moyes some food for thought.
The Japan international was being considered by the Hammers as they looked to add some steel to their defensive ranks before the transfer window slammed shut.
Typically a centre-back, Tomiyasu has been a pretty decent start to the campaign and he could be the sort of signing West Ham might look to make.
Potential interest in Chelsea talent Fikayo Tomori didn’t come to anything in the summer. Ultimately, Moyes landed Craig Dawson as a short-term option and a centre-back will still be sought.
Tomiyasu was a wanted man in the summer after a solid 2019/20 campaign by West Ham and their Premier League rivals, Newcastle United (Daily Mail).
The 21-year-old was signed by Bologna from VV Sint-Truiden for £8 million and the Serie A outfit now value their defender at double what they paid for him.
Tomiyasu has 21 caps to his name for Japan and is a component defender who could take the Premier League by storm.
He is strong with both fee and boasts an array of passing straight out of the modern-day book of defending.
The Japanese start is fiercely strong in the air and also reads the game with absolute aplomb, showing maturity beyond his years.
At 22, Moyes would be signing a player who could retain significant sell-on value and a defender who seems to boast all the attributes to shine in the Premier League.
West Ham have done well at finding bargains in recent times. Tomas Soucek and Vladimir Coufal, for example, both look like quality additions.
Moyes should make Tomiyasu his next shrewd piece of transfer business.