The Hammers are known for going under the radar and signing some hidden gems in the transfer window.
According to multiple reports emanating from England, West Ham are keen on Attila Szalai.
The 24-year-old has been subject to interest from various European clubs.
The Hungary international only joined Fenerbahce from Apollon Limassol in 2021 for 2 million euros and his contract runs to June 2025.
The centre-back has provided two assists in 29 matches this term on all fronts. He is considered to be one of the best centre-backs in Hungary. Szalai has earned 23 senior caps for the Hungary national team but is yet to open his goal-scoring account for his nation.
His performances have seen him become the target of many European clubs including West Ham.
David Moyes wants to sign a new centre-back and Szalai is one of the names at the top of his wishlist. He is a firm fan of Fenerbahce centre-back and West Ham could make a move for the player if the financial aspect makes sense.
The former Apollon Limassol man has been a good servant for Fenerbahce, and is a centre-back who places himself in the right positions in defensive situations.
According to the report, “West Ham United have jumped into the battle for Fenerbahce defender Attila Szalai. The Hungary international is attracting interest from across Europe after being linked with Chelsea before Christmas. Newcastle and West Ham are keen, reports Sky Sports, with AC Milan also interested. For their part, while reluctant to lose Szalai, Fenerbace would be prepared to cash in for €20m. Szalai is open to leaving Fener this month, though won’t force anything from his end.”
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It would take a huge offer from West Ham to prise the 24-year-old centre-back from Fenerbahce.
The Turkish giants would be wise to keep the Hungary international, but if they do let him go expect it to be for a hefty sum.
Good signing for West Ham?
If Attila Szalai is available for the right price, then he could be a clever acquisition for West Ham.
The Hammers need to bolster their squad depth and acquiring Szalai will certainly be a forward step.
The centre-back is in the peak of his career right now and he might want to prove his quality in the Premier League if an opportunity comes his way.
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Bologna-born Giuseppe Bianchi has spent more than a decade living in Rome and writing about Italian football, Spanish football and the Premier League for various Italian football portals and now he writes about European football for Euro Football Rumours. He's been thinking about football transfers pretty much nonstop since the 1990 FIFA World Cup in Italy. Aside from writing, he likes to spend his time fishing and rock climbing.