Insider ExWHUemployee has revealed that West Ham United are possibly scouting Austrian defender Marco Friedl.
It seems as though the club’s transfer team are working hard to identify new targets, with a number of players being linked in recent times.
With that in mind, Ex has revealed that the club sent someone to watch Austria play Denmark in the UEFA Nations League game that ended 2-1 to the Danes earlier this week.
Indeed, while speaking on The West Ham Way Podcast, the presenter said that it was unlikely the scout was watching Christian Eriksen despite recent interest, but Friedl could have been the target instead.
He explained: “It’s been confirmed that there was a West Ham scout watching the Denmark v Austria international game. That leaves you to speculate on what players they could be watching now, one of them could be Eriksen – who we do like.”
He then added shortly after: “There’s a couple of other potential players that we could be looking at there. One is a guy called Marco Friedl, who is a left-back/centre-back for Austria. He plays for Werder Bremen. I think the fact that he can play both positions would appeal to Moyes.”
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Interestingly, West Ham fans may actually have come across the Bundesliga man before as he actually went viral last season when he was struck three times in 11 seconds in one game in an awkward area.
The Werder Bremen man played 27 games this season in the 2. Bundesliga, playing predominantly as a centre-back but also providing cover at left-back when needed (via Transfermarkt).
Ex mentions that this versatility could be something that attracts Moyes to Freidl and so it will be interesting to see if this interest goes any further following the latest scouting trip.
The Austrian played 78 minutes against Denmark in the Nations League game. According to SofaScore, he got a 6.6 match rating, winning two tackles and making 34 of 38 passes from the left-back position. It remains to be seen as to whether or not that impressed West Ham and their scout.