West Ham United has set their sights on signing Sunderland defender Daniel Ballard as they look to strengthen their squad for the upcoming season.
In June 2022, Ballard made a move to Sunderland, for an undisclosed fee. The talented defender signed a three-year contract and played a pivotal role in Sunderland’s journey to the Championship playoff finals last season.
Ballard’s impressive performances have not gone unnoticed, catching the attention of West Ham’s chief, Mark Noble, according to The Sun. The 21-year-old center-back featured in 19 games for Sunderland, showcasing his defensive abilities and potential.
Furthermore, Ballard’s form has also earned him international recognition. He has represented Northern Ireland, playing in 15 matches and even scoring two goals for his national team.
West Ham’s chief scout, Rob Newman, closely monitored Ballard’s progress during a Northern Ireland match against Finland in March. The scouting report likely provided valuable insights into the defender’s capabilities and suitability for the Premier League outfit.
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As discussions and negotiations progress, football enthusiasts will eagerly await updates on West Ham’s pursuit of Daniel Ballard. If the transfer comes to fruition, Ballard’s addition to West Ham’s defensive ranks would provide valuable depth and talent to the squad.
In the coming weeks, it will become clear whether Ballard will make the move to West Ham United, furthering his career in the Premier League, or continue his development at Sunderland.
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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.