Russia international Aleksandr Golovin can show David Moyes what he’s missing out on at Euro 2020 with The Athletic reporting the Monaco star recently turned down a move to West Ham United.
One of the stars of Russia’s iconic run to the quarter-finals during their home World Cup in 2018, Golovin is finally starting to replicate his international form at club level too.
The attacking midfielder was in sparkling form as Monaco flirted briefly with a spring-time title surge, eventually finishing third and qualifying for the Champions League at the end of Niko Kovac’s first season at the helm.
“First of all, I will note in Golovin his technique – it is very subtle. He reminds me of players like (former Arsenal teammate) Alexander Hleb,” Monaco’s evergreen playmaker Cesc Fabregas told ShowSport in April.
West Ham will be watching Golovin in Euros
“(Golovin and Hleb) are really strong, with a high level of skill, move a lot, work a lot, they are fast.
“Alex really likes to drive with the ball, dribble well, he likes to play on the flank. He’s very anarchic. I was like that too.”
According to The Athletic, there’s a ‘gentleman’s agreement’ in place that would allow Golovin to follow in the footsteps of Kylian Mbappe, Bernardo Silva, Fabinho and more if he’s given a chance to leave Monaco for a major European club.
Whether West Ham fall into that bracket at the moment is debatable, however.
The former CSKA Moscow star turned down a move to the London Stadium in the past 12 months.
What’s for sure, however, is if Golovin replicates his 2018 World Cup form during Euro 2020, West Ham won’t be the only club making enquiries.