West Ham consider Edson Alvarez move after Dortmund move collapses

West Ham are set to reignite their interest in Edson Alvarez after the Ajax midfielder’s move to Borussia Dortmund collapsed.

Edson Alvarez

Edson Alvarez, 25, has been linked with a move to Borussia Dortmund for a long time. Having agreed personal terms and a five-year contract with the player, Dortmund have decided to pull out of the race due to Ajax’s €40 million asking price. Instead, the Bundesliga club are understood to prefer extending Emre Can’s contract beyond 2024 and are currently working hard behind the scenes to do so.

This has opened the door for West Ham to make a move for Alvarez. The Hammers reportedly may look to re-enter the race for the Mexican midfielder, at a time when David Moyes is beginning to prepare for life after skipper Declan Rice. Arsenal have agreed a full package of a £105m deal for Rice— £100m guaranteed plus £5m add-ons—and are now discussing the finer details before a medical is scheduled.

Edson Alvarez could be perfect to replace Declan Rice

West Ham agreed to Declan Rice’s demands to leave the club following their triumph in the Europa Conference League. The 24-year-old rejected many contract offers from the Hammers as he wants to play in the Champions League and compete for major honours.

Rice will be leaving a big hole to fill in David Moyes’ squad, and as such, the Irons are likely already lining up his replacement. Ajax star Edson Alvarez has emerged as an option for West Ham after his move to Dortmund collapsed earlier this week.

The Mexico international has been with Ajax since 2019. He has slowly but steadily become one of the Eredivisie club’s most important players, racking up 147 appearances across four seasons at the Johan Cruyff Arena, scoring 13 goals. After four seasons with Ajax, however, Alvarez would prefer a change in scenery this summer, and after his move to Dortmund has become dead in the water, West Ham boss David Moyes has a brilliant opportunity to land him.

Moyes is in search of a player to replace Rice and Alvarez would be perfect, at least stylistically, with the Mexican having majorly operated as a defensive midfielder at Ajax. He is strong in the air and tenacious in the challenge while possessing the technical ability to initiate attacks from deep. Plus, his experience at the highest level could make a huge difference for Moyes’ side.

At 25, Alvarez is about to hit the peak stages of his career, so he could be very much worth the investment from West Ham, with Ajax valuing their defensive midfielder at around €40 million.

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