West Ham are keen on completing the signing of Shakhtar Donetsk midfielder Georgiy Sudakov, according to a new transfer update.
The 21-year-old has already become an important figure for his current club, despite his age, scoring and assisting 13 times apiece in 81 appearances overall.
That highlights how reliable Sudakov’s end product has been from an attacking midfield role, and there is no reason why he shouldn’t get better for many years to come, as he matures as a player.
At international level, the Shakhtar ace has won 12 caps for Ukraine, netting once in that time, and he could be one of their stars of the future.
According to 90min, West Ham are one of a number of Premier League clubs eyeing a move for Sudakov in the near future, with reigning English and European champions Manchester City among them:
“90min can reveal that in addition to Barcelona, Bayern Munich and Bayer Leverkusen, his talents are also now on the radars of most of the Premier League’s elite.
“Arsenal, Manchester City, Newcastle United and West Ham United have all watched him closely in recent months and it is believed they were all in Leverkusen on Monday to see him feature for Ukraine against Italy.”
It is crucial that West Ham continue to plan for the future, looking to acquire the services of some of Europe’s brightest young talent, and Sudakov could be a brilliant option to enhance the midfield options at David Moyes’ disposal.
The Ukrainian is already proving himself consistently at a high level, and he could bring more guile in the final third, linking with the likes of Jarrod Bowen and Michail Antonio to devastating effect.
At just 21, Sudakov may be in no rush to come in and be an immediate star man, biding his time as a squad player before becoming a fixture in the team, and the quality of the teams competing with the Hammers for his signature highlights his potential.
While the lure of joining City could be great, among others, he will find it harder to enjoy playing time there because of the vast depth in Pep Guardiola’s squad, so heading to a club of West Ham’s ilk could be more beneficial to his career development.
Sudakov isn’t out of contract at Shakhtar until the summer of 2028, however, so he is unlikely to arrive on their cheap, which could be an issue for the Hammers if it becomes an auction to snap him up.