Reports state that there is “a good chance” that West Ham are able to sign Ian Maatsen in the January transfer window despite interest from abroad.

West Ham have had an excellent few years, in fact it has been one of the most successful periods in their history. As we approach the halfway point of the season, David Moyes is hoping to create more history in East London by securing the club’s fourth consecutive season of European football. They’re in an excellent position to do just that, but they desperately need to improve their squad in order to achieve this goal.

One of the main areas that the Hammers want to add to is the full-backs. While both Emerson and Coufal are doing excellently, there is a lack of depth especially when you consider that Ben Johnson and Aaron Cresswell have both been tipped with a move away from the club.

For a number of months, there have been links between West Ham and Ian Maatsen. Our own ExWHUEmployee exclusively revealed back in the Summer that the club was interested in acquiring his services, but nothing ever came of this as he wanted to fight for his place at Chelsea. However, after failing to break into the starting XI, the Dutchman is eager to move on to a new challenge and the London Stadium may be where he gets his chance to shine.

The Irons did look set to face challenge from Catalonian giants Barcelona, but their own financial troubles have made this seem unlikely. There is almost certainly going to be interest from other teams for his signature, but Dean Jones has told GIVEMESPORT that a move to the East End is probable.

“Maatsen at Chelsea is somebody that they are interested in again. They had a look at him in the summer and I was told that they feel they’ve got a good chance of keeping him within the Premier League,” he stated. 

“I think their main competition might come from the continent at the moment, but West Ham are at least going to try again, and see if they can do anything. But yeah, it’s quite a big month actually for West Ham, and they’ve got to be really careful about the type of business they do. And also, of course, tread around the issue of David Moyes’ contract, which is starting to expire once we get into the new year.”

Moyes’ contract is not the only issue the club have to tread around, their finances also mean that they are relying heavily on player sales in January in order to stick within FFP rules.

Essentially, the limited budget means they have to ensure they are getting the best value for money with whoever they buy, and with a price tag of around £25 million, our Irons have a big decision to make when it comes to Maatsen.

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