West Ham could sell Issa Diop this summer and are looking to replace him with Sheffield United defender John Egan, according to a report.
Egan, a Republic of Ireland international, has been a reliable performer for Sheffield United since joining from Brentford in July 2018. This season, the centre-back has made 36 appearances in the Championship.
He has captained the Blades on occasion and has helped them to get back in the play-off places.
The 29-year-old had a match to forget on Saturday when Sheff Utd lost 4-1 to Coventry away from home. Alongside fellow defenders Kyron Gordon and Jack Robinson, he failed to keep Coventry stars Viktor Gyokeres and Callum O’Hare at bay.
West Ham have retained their long term interest in Sheffield United centre back John Egan. The Hammers had scouts watching the Irishman last week. Egan would be keen on the move if United don’t get promoted. [sun]#twitterblades #sufc pic.twitter.com/aijvs0iMwE
— The Bladesman (@The_Bladesman) March 13, 2022
The Irons were previously targeting Egan in January before cooling their interest. But The Sun claim they sent scouts to watch the player last week.
That means West Ham officials were likely in attendance during the Blades’ 4-1 victory over Middlesbrough on Tuesday.
John Egan watched in action
Egan could not help goalkeeper Wes Foderingham to keep a clean sheet, although he performed significantly better than at Coventry.
The report states Egan may leave Bramall Lane if Paul Heckingbottom’s side fail to secure promotion back to the top flight. That gives West Ham encouragement over completing a deal.
Egan’s Sheff Utd contract runs until 2024, meaning they will not be forced into a sale any time soon. But he is one of their most valuable assets and a summer exit could give Heckingbottom funds to improve other positions.
The centre-back has made 154 appearances for Sheff Utd to date, registering five goals and three assists.
David Moyes delighted by Andriy Yarmolenko goal
Meanwhile, Moyes has been speaking about West Ham forward Andriy Yarmolenko following the attacker’s goal against Aston Villa.
Yarmolenko has been given compassionate leave in recent weeks due to Russia’s invasion of his home country Ukraine.
He came off the bench at the London Stadium on Sunday and went on to bag a fantastic goal – helping the Irons to win 2-1.
“We have given the boy as much time as he needs. His family are safe at the moment, he tells me,” Moyes told BBC Sport. “He wants to make sure everybody is fine and he has a lot going on.
“Sometimes, football is a release and hopefully he has had a bit of a release getting on the pitch again and scoring but there are more important things in life than football.”
Moyes added: “The goal is great. He has great technical ability and he is capable of scoring big goals, as he has done for me since I’ve been here.”