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Jens Stryger Larsen has opened the door for West Ham United and Watford after the reported Premier League target told BOLD he could leave Udinese on a free transfer in the summer. 

One of the unsung heroes of Denmark’s dramatic Euro 2020 campaign, Stryger Larsen has never had it so good. 

Prior to last month’s transfer deadline, the versatile, late-blooming full-back was inundated with offers from clubs across the continent.  

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Teams from Turkey expressed an interest, Fiorentina too, while West Ham and Watford were also linked via Sky Sports. 

“There were several clubs who were interested,” admits Stryger Larsen, the swashbuckling right-back who became a valuable outlet for Kasper Hjulmand’s side en route to the semi-finals.

“As it looks right now, my contract will expire next summer and then we’ll have to see what happens from there.” 

West Ham and Watford eye Euro 2020 star Jens Stryger Larsen

Stryger Larsen admits he planned to leave Udinese after Euro 2020, when his market value was understood to be in the region of £3.5 million.  

In summer 2022, however, he’ll be available for nothing, meaning the 30-year-old full-back will hold all the cards if the likes of West Ham and Watford come calling again.  

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“I had a desire to change clubs this summer but it didn’t happen for several reasons,” the defender adds. “So, right now, I’m focusing on the fact I have less than a year left (on my contract) and then we’ll see what happens. 

“In the football world many things can happen, ambitions can change and you may want to try something new.” 

Unlike Udinese, West Ham have managed to tie down their first-choice right-back to a new contract, the ink still drying on Vladimir Coufal’s three-year deal.

Ryan Fredericks does, however, face an uncertain future at the London Stadium. His departure would open a space for Stryger Larsen in David Moyes’ squad.  

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