West Ham manager David Moyes is reportedly on the trail of Noa Lang – and looks ready to step in and adhere to a Club Brugge transfer demand.
The 22-year-old star has emerged as a genuine star at the Belgium club over the past two seasons. Having broken through at Ajax, he was allowed to depart after failing to convince Erik ten Hag he was worthy of a long-term stay. Many Ajax supporters though were sad to see him leave, particularly after becoming the first Ajax player in 60 years to score a hat-trick on his first league start.
But with competition tough in the forward areas, Lang made the move to Belgium on an initial loan deal. That arrangement was made permanent last summer – and the player has not looked back since.
Indeed, Lang has 25 goals in 77 appearances for Brugge – also weighing in with 19 assists – form which has alerted a string of suitors.
Leeds were the first to show their hand, with the player catching the eye of director of football Victor Orta and former boss Marcelo Bielsa.
Ultimately, Leeds were put off by Brugge’s £25m asking price, while some questionable behaviour from the player also cast a serious shadow over his transfer prospects. Furthermore, Leeds instead moved to snap up Daniel James, who was a long-term target of Bielsa’s.
Since then, Arsenal have also come on to the scene for Lang amid reports Mikel Arteta is a big admirer.
The Gunners are looking to add more quality to their squad – and also need to bolster their attacking ranks too. As such, Lang is reportedly on their radar as a possible upgrade for Nicolas Pepe.
Noa Lang catching David Moyes’ eye
However, reports in Italy now claim it is West Ham who are emerging as genuine contenders to sign Lang.
As per Calciomercato, the Hammers are emerging the main contenders to sign Lang alongside other long-term suitors AC Milan.
And unlike his other suitors, they appear willing to meet Brugge’s £25m asking price.
David Moyes’ side are themselves seeking more attacking options, moreso amid possible interest in their star winger Jarrod Bowen.
And the Hammers have showcased their widening appeal to potential recruits like Noa Lang by reaching the Europa League semi-finals, where they face Eintracht Frankfurt next week.
Moyes looking for new recruits
Moyes knows West Ham will need to add to their squad this summer, having addressed their failure to spend in January.
Amid links to several strikers, West Ham ultimately ended up with empty handed.
Moyes, though, speaking last month, insists it is unfair to simply point the finger at West Ham.
“It would be unfair [just to mention West Ham] I think a lot of clubs did not buy players in January. We were very serious about trying to bring players to the club in January but for different reasons, it did not happen,” Moyes insisted.
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“We know we are a little bit short of where we would like to be. The squad I have at the moment have done a brilliant job over the last two years. And I have no reason to think they will not do a brilliant job in the coming three months between now and the end of the season,” Moyes added.
One striker the Hammers seemingly have missed out on though is Ben Brereton Diaz. We understand the Blackburn man is nearing a £20m move to a Champions League chasing side.