Sky Sports reporter Dharmesh Sheth has claimed that Aaron Wan-Bissaka could yet become available for West Ham United this summer.
Despite Vladimir Coufal and Ben Johnson being available at right-back, it appears that the Irons are on the lookout for further reinforcements in that department – and Wan-Bissaka appears to be at the top of the list.
David Ornstein recently revealed that Manchester United had dismissed approaches from Crystal Palace and the Hammers for the defender with no ‘plan to sell or loan’ the 24-year-old as they want to have two options themselves in that area.
However, Sheth has put forth a potentially encouraging update regarding a move for the 24-year-old.
Speaking on the Sky Sports News Transfer Show, he said:
Would you be happy with Wan-Bissaka at West Ham?
“Now I’m told that United are actually exploring the possibility of signing the Barcelona defender Sergino Dest. Now, if United could secure a move, then they would allow Aaron Wan-Bissaka to leave, because they do want two right-backs at the club – Diogo Dalot plus one.
“West Ham United and Crystal Palace are both interested in signing Aaron Wan-Bissaka. As for Sergino Dest, there is a connection – before he went to Barcelona, he was at Ajax and played under Erik ten Hag.
“I’ve just received a text, ‘West Ham or Crystal Palace?’ was the question I asked this contact. The response I got was: ‘Deadline day. This one will get sorted on deadline day because United definitely want two [right] backs’, so it’s going to be getting one in to be able to release Aaron Wan-Bissaka.”
TIF Thoughts on Sheth’s comments…
It certainly seems like this particular deal could be a possibility right until the window shuts on Thursday at 11pm.
The £50m Old Trafford signing has played just four minutes across the side’s first four league games this term and appears surplus to requirements behind Diogo Dalot.
The 2018/19 Crystal Palace Player of the Year could prove a very shrewd addition for David Moyes considering he ranks in the 97th percentile among his positional peers for times dribbled past, reinforcing Jamie Carragher’s previous claims that he is ‘the best one-on-one defender for a full-back in the world’.