West Ham United have emerged as ‘favourites’ to sign Blackburn Rovers star Ben Brereton Diaz in the next transfer window, according to a Spanish source.
The Lowdown: almost a free agent
The first of 23 years joined the Championship outfit loaned out from Nottingham Forest in the summer of 2018, and after a successful spell ended up putting pen to paper on a permanent deal at Ewood Park in January the following year.
The striker has always been related with a departure from the Blue and White following his contract expiring at the end of the season, which will make him a free agent for any potential suitors, and there seems to be interest from several clubs across Europe.
The last: West Ham leading the race
According to the Spanish press (via sports witness), Sevilla are said to be ‘eager’ to land Brereton Diaz, but the Irons are said to be the ‘favourites’ ahead of their competitors in the race for his signature.
The report further states that the extension option, the costs of a deal and the level of salaries available would ‘benefit’ West Ham which could be seen as an advantage in the battle for his services.
The verdict: the goal machine
the £9 million-the rated striker has been in truly impressive form for Rovers this season, having scored 22 goals and provided three assists in just 39 appearances in all competitions, according to transfer market.
Such form saw the Stoke-born predator receive praise from his manager Tony Mowbray, who double his top scorer an “extraordinary” talent, his performances being rewarded with a surprise international call for Chile.
He has now become a star for his country too, with four goals in 11 capsand perhaps the deciding factor could be that he has to play for a club where he will have guaranteed playing time to cement his place in Chile’s starting XI in the years to come.