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West Ham transfer latest: David Moyes faces difficult task in signing John McGinn as ‘marquee signing’

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David Moyes is reportedly very keen for West Ham United to sign Scottish international John McGinn this summer.

McGinn has been a star player for Aston Villa throughout the 2021/22 campaign. Featuring in 35 league games, he contributed three goals and four assists, and was a standout performer throughout the season. However, his form has attracted interest from a number of clubs, with Moyes eager to bring the Scotsman down to London.

That’s according to transfer insider EXWHUEmployee, who claims Moyes wants West Ham to make a statement by signing McGinn.

Speaking on the West Ham Way Podcast, the source said: “McGinn of Aston Villa. Scottish international, Moyes really, really likes him, really likes him and wants him to be a marquee signing in midfield.

“Although there is a number of other clubs that are interested in signing him as well.”

Other clubs being interested is not the only issue for the Hammers with this signing.

Aston Villa will not want to sell such a top player to another Premier League club. This means that West Ham should move their focus elsewhere, or accept McGinn will cost a huge fee.

With Moyes being such a big fan, the club may be willing to pay over valuation for his services. The transfer could also be aided by the sale of Tomas Soucek.

Reports suggested the Czech international would be moved on after a falling out with Moyes.

However, it is now believed that West Ham are not willing to listen to Soucek offers, with the player still a major part of Moyes’ future plans.

If the sale was to come to fruition, his valuation could fund a potential move for McGinn.

John McGinn a good fit for West Ham

McGinn has been an integral part of the Villa midfield since his arrival in 2018.

On the final day of the season, he made his 100th appearance for the club as they were narrowly defeated by Man City 3-2.

West Ham have lined up in a 4-2-3-1 formation this season. This has mainly consisted of Soucek and Declan Rice operating in midfield, with Manuel Lanzini or Pablo Fornals just in front.

McGinn would only add strength to this line-up, and also further depth to the positions.

After finishing seventh, West Ham confirmed their spot in the Europa Conference League next season. And after a semi-final finish in the Europa League, Hammers fans will be hoping they can go all the way in the ‘easier’ competition this season.

However, with European games comes more fixtures, meaning depth will once again be important for a successful season. Adding McGinn to the squad will significantly help.

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