West Ham United are reportedly keen on Hajduk Split’s Hamza Barry.
According to The Sun, West Ham United are looking to bring Hajduk Split midfielder Hamza Barry during the January transfer window in a bargain £5million move.
The Hammers are struggling in the Premier League relegation zone having won just twice in 15 games this season, with new manager David Moyes still searching for his first win in the job.
Moyes may be looking to the January transfer window for reinforcements, but money will be tight, and it seems that the Hammers are eyeing up a potential midfield addition which wouldn’t break the bank.
The Sun report that West Ham are keen on Hajduk Split ace Hamza Barry, in a move which would cost just £5million to pull off, and he appears to be an alternative target to £30million Sporting star William Carvalho.
West Ham fans may not be too familiar with Barry, so here are five facts about the exciting midfielder who could make a bargain switch to the London Stadium in January.
1. Barry, 23, started his career in his native Gambia, but actually made his name in Malta with Valletta, hitting 14 goals in 59 games to earn a move to Apollon Limassol.
2. Barry never played for the Cypriot side though, and was farmed out to Maccabi Netanya, Hapoel Tel Aviv and Hajduk Split, eventually signing for the latter permanently.
3. With one goal and five assists this term, added to five goals and two assists last season, Barry has been productive in Croatia, showing he can contribute going forward from midfield or even out wide.
4. A 12-cap Gambian international, Barry would become only the third Gambian player to ever feature in the Premier League if he does join West Ham, following on from Omar Koroma and Modou Barrow.
5. Possessing speed and energy, Barry can be an all-action box-to-box midfielder, and would certainly offer more of a goal threat than Pedro Obiang – but whether that’s what West Ham need right now is another matter.