West Ham are looking to bolster their defensive options ahead of the new season and Jens Stryger Larsen has been strongly linked with a move from Udinese.
The versatile Dane has one year left on his deal in Udine and reports from Italy have claimed that the Hammers have made a move for the defender in a deal that would cost in the region of £4.2million.
According to Corriere dello Sport David Moyes is keen to bring the 30-year-old to the London Stadium, with his versatility being particularly appealing to the Scot.
Stryger Larsen played in all six of Denmark’s Euro 2020 matches, featuring as both a right-back and on the right of midfield.
Across his career, Stryger Larsen has featured on both sides of defence and midfield and even as a centre-back.
The Udinese player has 42 caps for Denmark and has experience of European football from his time at Austria Vienna and FC Nordsjaelland.
Turkish giants Galatasary are also reported to be interested in Stryger Larsen, but the Dane is not minded to move to the Super Lig, leaving the door open for West Ham to pounce.
With Vladimir Coufal, Ryan Fredericks and Ben Johnson already available to Moyes, right-back is not a position West Ham are particularly lacking in but the experience and versatility of Stryger Larsen – plus the relatively low cost of the move – makes signing the Dane an attractive proposition.
Following Angelo Ogbonna’s hamstring injury against Celtic on Saturday afternoon, further options in defence may be called for before the start of the new campaign on August 15 against Newcastle United.
The extent of Ogbonna’s injury is yet to be known with the Italian due to be assessed and have the issue scanned on Monday.
Stryger Larsen would not be a direct replacement for Ogbonna but his adaptability would see Moyes free to use Aaron Cresswell or Coufal at the heart of the defence with Stryger Larsen capable of playing on either flank.
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Source by Football London