West Ham target FC Luzern midfielder Ardon Jashari

West Ham are monitoring the development of FC Luzern midfielder Ardon Jashari ahead of the January transfer window.

Ardon Jashari

Ardon Jashari, 21, had a fantastic 2022/23 season as captain of FC Luzern, in which he bagged a goal and four assists in 31 appearances, as the Swiss side pushed for a place in Europe. The defensive midfielder was on the radar of Bologna in the summer transfer window but a move didn’t transpire. He has started the new season in a rich vein of form and captained his side in the past three games.

The two-cap Switzerland international’s performances have not gone unnoticed, with West Ham reportedly among the clubs showing interest in him. However, they face competition from Villarreal for Jashari, who has a relatively modest £5.2m release clause in his contract which runs until 2026.

Ardon Jashari making waves with FC Luzern

West Ham rebuilt their midfield unit in the summer after selling Declan Rice to Arsenal for a club-record fee. To offset the departure of Rice, they signed James Ward-Prowse and Edson Alvarez, who have started the season well. However, with Tomas Soucek potentially bidding farewell to the club next year when his contract expires, the Irons may have to dip back into the market to sign a replacement.

Swiss midfielder Ardon Jashari has emerged as a potential target for West Ham. Having come up through the FC Luzern youth ranks, Jashari has made 80 appearances so far, scoring seven goals. He is regarded as one of Switzerland’s biggest prospects, and it is not surprising to see many clubs circling for his signature including West Ham.

The two-cap Switzerland international could form a solid partnership with current West Ham midfielder Edson Alvarez in the years to come. Jashari has shown his promise in Luzern colours and could be a joy to watch in the Premier League. The youngster would add more solidity to West Ham’s midfield and make it difficult for the opposition to cut through. Plus, his defensive presence in midfield could allow Mohammed Kudus and Lucas Paqueta to thrive going forward.

Jashari could be the anchor of Moyes’ midfield and mop up things ahead of the defence in order to provide the likes of Kudus and Paqueta with the freedom they need to punish opposition teams with their creativity and flair on the ball. At 21, the Swiss midfielder would represent a long-term investment for the Hammers. Given his potential, West Ham must do everything possible to get Jashari’s signature in January.

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