West Ham can axe Diop for Ginter

West Ham United are on the hunt for Borussia Monchengladbach centre-back Matthias Ginter ahead of the next summer transfer window.

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That’s according to Sky Sports journalist Lyall Thomas, who claims the Hammers are eyeing the defender – who is also subject to interest from Aston Villa, Tottenham Hotspur and Juventus – ahead of a possible raid this summer.

The 28-year-old would be available on a free transfer before the expiration of his contract with the Bundesliga club at the end of the current campaign.



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The East London side currently have just two fit veteran centre-backs after starter Kurt Zouma suffered an ankle injury last weekend, which could rule the Frenchman out for the rest of the campaign.

Issa Diop and Craig Dawson were excellent on Thursday night as the Irons remarkably defeated Lyon 3-0 in the south of France to advance to the Europa League semi-finals, with the latter scoring the Hammers’ first goal.

However, both have been subject to inconsistencies in burgundy and blue, particularly Diop, who has been heavily criticized at times this term, particularly after a poor showing in the FA Cup against Nationwide League north side Kidderminster Harriers, with Jack Rosser dubbing into French”shocking” on this accessory.

By signing Ginter, West Ham would no doubt bolster their defence, while also potentially providing a chance to finally break away from the £61k-a-week flop.

West Ham must sign Ginter

Although they have juggled four competitions excellently this term, particularly handling the new experience of European football, the East London outfit could certainly have a bigger squad next season, especially if they are to compete in Europe once again.

However, the Irons’ defense has been a cause for concern at points this term, with Moyes’s side ranking 10th in the Premier League on clean sheets with seven in 32 games, despite sitting in the sixth place.

By signing Ginter, the Hammers would add quality and experience to their backline, something that will be vital if they are to continue to progress to becoming a regular contender in continental competition.

The German international remains a regular fixture in his country’s teams, having been part of the World Cup-winning squad in 2014 and racking up 46 caps.

As for the current campaign, the 28-year-old has also been a Gladbach regular, missing just three Bundesliga games all season.

Overall, however, it has been a disappointing campaign for the North Rhine side, who are currently ranked 11th in the German top flight and European football looks extremely unlikely for the next term.

The £21.6m valued centre-back is currently averaging a whopping 80.2 touches per league game, while completing 84% of his passes and making 1.3 interceptions, 1.4 tackles and three clearances per game.

To put that in context, Diop’s league numbers are considerably worse in some areas. The 25-year-old makes nearly half as many touches at 40.5, while making 0.5 interceptions, 0.8 tackles and 3.1 interceptions per game.

To be fair, the Frenchman’s passing is slightly better at 85%, but he also makes just 28.3 accurate passes per game compared to Ginter’s 56.2.

One thing that could give cause for concern, however, is that the 28-year-old has, apart from Gladbach, only played for Borussia Dortmund and SC Freiburg, perhaps suggesting it will take him a while to adjust to the Premier League.

However, the centre-back has established himself as a quality defender in the German top flight, with German legend Lothar Mätthaus even comparing Ginter to Sergio Ramos.

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“Ginter has become a leader at the back, similar to Ramos at Real,” Matthaus told Sky Germany. “He not only gives instructions to his teammates, but he also leads them. That’s what Ginter is doing really well at the moment. He reminds me of Ramos.

There is clear evidence that the German defender would be a quality addition to West Ham’s back line. Furthermore, securing the 28-year-old on a free transfer would be an excellent bargain with a low-risk deal.

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