Emerging reports suggest that West Ham United are closely monitoring the performances of Bayer Leverkusen’s young and dynamic defender, Odilon Kossounou. The 22-year-old talent has firmly secured a place on the radar of the English club.
Kossounou’s journey took flight when he was acquired by Bayer Leverkusen from Club Brügge during the summer transfer window of 2021. The promising defender inked a robust five-year deal with the German outfit, showcasing the confidence they had in his potential. Throughout his tenure, Kossounou has graced the field for Bayer Leverkusen on 51 occasions, displaying his prowess in the defensive domain.
A valuation of his current market worth, as per the estimations of Transfermarkt.com, stands resolutely at a commendable 18 million euros, further underlining his significance in the footballing realm.
Functioning primarily as a centre-back, Kossounou’s exceptional aptitude in tackling has been a pivotal asset to his gameplay. His elongated limbs and impeccable timing in his interventions culminate in one of the most impressive tackle success rates across the European football landscape.
Moreover, Kossounou’s influence extends to the international stage, where he has participated in 17 matches representing Ivory Coast, signifying his contributions beyond the club spectrum.
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West Ham’s pursuit of Kossounou solidifies their ambition to fortify their defensive lineup. Nevertheless, this aspiration hinges on the outcome of negotiations with Harry Maguire over personal terms. Should discussions with Maguire not reach a successful conclusion, Kossounou’s role in West Ham’s strategic plans could burgeon significantly.
As the footballing world eagerly awaits the unfolding of these developments, all eyes remain fixed on Odilon Kossounou’s trajectory, poised at the crossroads of potential transformation within the English Premier League.
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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.