West Ham are in the race to sign Kerem Demirbay from Hoffenheim, according to a report from Calciomercato.
The Germany international has enjoyed yet another season in the Bundesliga and has attracted interest from clubs in the Premier League, it seems.
Calciomercato states that Wolverhampton Wanderers join the Hammers in their admiration of the versatile midfielder, who has long been a consistent player in the Hoffenheim starting line-up.
West Ham have been hit by numerous injury blows in the middle of the park throughout the season, with Jack Wilshere only making his return to first-team action in the team’s 2-2 draw against Leicester City on Saturday afternoon.
This could prompt Manuel Pellegrini to explore other alternatives in the transfer market as the club aim to push for a more consistent, successful campaign next term.
However, if they are to land Demirbay, they face competition. Wolves, as aforementioned, are noted as potential suitors, while Arsenal have recently been linked with the player.
Why Demirbay would be an excellent signing for West Ham
Demirbay is among Europe’s most underrated midfielders. He screens the defence well, carries the ball forward and selects his passes intelligently. He’s an upgrade on the current options at Pellegrini’s disposal, bar Declan Rice.
Demirbay has experience of playing in European competitions with Hoffenheim. This could be of benefit in the short and long-term for West Ham, as they pursue a return to continental football.
Demirbay is playing the best football of his career to date and is still just 25-years-old. There is still plenty more to come from the German, and West Ham should certainly ensure that these prime years are spent at the London Stadium.
Demirbay was typically a more advanced midfielder before he was utilised in a deeper, holding role by Julian Nagelsmann. His versatility would be of use in Pellegrini’s 4-2-3-1.