West Ham will consider reviving their interest in Manchester City left-back Oleksandr Zinchenko now the player is open to leaving the Etihad, according to ExWHUemployee.
Speaking on the West Ham Way podcast, the insider suggested that the Ukrainian international could come in to compete with Aaron Cresswell, although the Hammers will face a challenge from Arsenal and other teams to secure his services:
“Zinchenko would be the perfect man and his set-plays also rival that of the former Hammer of the Year [Cresswell]. Now, of course, there will be stiff competition from other clubs (Arsenal being one) and all these top targets are going to be expensive, so we are not suggesting we will sign anywhere near the amount of targets we have, but it was an interesting development. The player prefers to play further forward than left-back too, so this could also be a factor in his decision as to who he joins.”
Zinchenko was originally linked with a switch to the London Stadium eighteen months ago but a move never got off the ground. There has, though, been a significant change since then, with the fullback seeking more first-team football.
It is not believed that City will stand in the player’s way if he wants to leave, and the Premier League champions are thought to be lining up a replacement already, with the club pursuing Brighton’s Marc Cucurella.
The main issue is likely to be the interest from Arsenal. Gunners boss Mikel Arteta has worked with Zinchenko before so David Moyes may have his work cut out to persuade him into moving to the Irons instead.