West Ham United, Everton keen on Hellas Verona right-back Jackson Tchatchoua

West Ham United are set to rival Everton for the signing of Hellas Verona right-back Jackson Tchatchoua.

Jackson Tchatchoua

Jackson Tchatchoua, 22, has been a revelation in Serie A since his loan move to Hellas Verona from Belgian Royal Charleroi SC last summer. The right-back, who can also play on the opposite side or as a wing-back/right midfielder, played 27 times for Hellas Verona during the 2023/24 campaign, registering two assists. His performances proved pivotal in Hellas Verona’s 13th-place finish in Serie A this past season.

The 22-year-old’s loan status became permanent at the start of the month. Tchatchoua’s performances in Serie A have not gone unnoticed, with West Ham and Everton reportedly registering their interest in him. They must develop a sizeable offer to lure the Cameroon international to the Premier League as the versatile right-back is contracted to Hellas until 2027.

West Ham to battle Everton for Jackson Tchatchoua

West Ham have been active in the transfer market, as new manager Julen Lopetegui looks to shape his squad ahead of the 2024/25 campaign. They recently completed the capture of Max Kilman from Wolves. Kilman has become the Hammers’ third summer signing following the arrivals of Luis Guilherme and Wes Foderingham.

The east Londoners have now shifted their focus towards recruiting a new right-back following the departure of Ben Johnson, who has joined newly-promoted Ipswich Town on a free transfer. This has left Julen Lopetegui with Vladimir Coufal as the only right-back option in his squad. Thus, West Ham’s interest in Tchatchoua makes complete sense as he can come in as a replacement for Johnson and compete with Coufal for the right-back spot next season.

Meanwhile, Everton have brought in Tim Iroegbunam and Iliman Ndiaye from Aston Villa and Marseille, respectively, whilst signing Jack Harrison on loan from Leeds United again. They are planning to get in a right-back after underwhelming campaigns for both Seamus Coleman and Nathan Patterson.

With Coleman well into his mid-30s and past his prime, the Toffees certainly required a new right-back to replace their skipper. Tchatchoua, in that regard, would be perfect for Sean Dyche’s side. His qualities on and off the ball, coupled with versatility, should suit Dyche’s system at Everton.

It remains to be seen which of West Ham or Everton wins the race for Tchatchoua’s signature. Having only signed him permanently at the start of July, Hellas remain in a strong position regarding negotiations.

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