Why West Ham should sign free agent Nemanja Radoja
According to Lancashire Post, West Ham are among the host of clubs interested in signing former Celta Vigo midfielder Nemanja Radoja on a free transfer before the European transfer window deadline. Leeds United are also interested in the player
The 26-year-old, who has been with the Spanish side for more than four years, was released this summer and is currently a free agent. He didn’t make any league appearances last season, but has played over 100 La Liga games before that.
West Ham were quite active during the English transfer window, by signing some very good attack-minded players. However, they still are short in defensive midfield department.
Only Declan Rice is the recognised defensive midfielder in the squad. The other is Carlos Sanchez, who is injury-prone and doesn’t seem to fit with the Manuel Pellegrini-style of football.
It makes sense for them to sign a new defensive midfielder before the deadline. Here’s why signing Radoja would be a low-risk yet valuable solution:
Radoja has the quality to back Rice up in defensive midfield
Nemanja Radoja is a fine midfield player who prefers to play in defensive midfield but is capable of operating as a box-to-box midfielder, if required to do so.
Despite not playing last season, the Serbia international possesses the quality to make a positive impact for whichever club he plays for in the future.
In terms of attributes, Radoja is a physically strong player on/off the ball and can pass with accuracy from deeper positions. He can read the game and make vital interceptions and have a pop at goal from distance if space is provided.
All in all, it looks like the 26-year-old is good enough to make a mark in the Premier League. If fit and given regular opportunities, he can certainly be a good addition to the West Ham squad.
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Thus, we can conclude by saying that the Hammers shouldn’t hesitate in signing Nemanja Radoja on a free transfer. It would be a low-risk yet potentially rewarding transfer for them going forward into this season and beyond.