David Moyes is reportedly keen to sign Middlesbrough full-back Isaiah Jones as he sees something that ‘could improve’ West Ham.
Jones has been one of Middlesbrough’s most valuable assets over recent seasons. Indeed, he was the club’s leading assist provider last season, with nine.
He also popped up with a goal, while mostly playing in a wing-back role.
This season he has continued his trend of being a useful asset up the pitch. The 23-year-old netted twice, as well as three assists.
He has shown his quality in more than league football. Jones proved a nuisance for Tottenham when Middlesbrough beat them in a shock 1-0 victory in last season’s FA Cup.
He has also shown his versatile nature throughout his career. Although he mostly plays as a winger, he can play a more advanced role.
It was around the time Middlesbrough beat Tottenham that links between Jones and some big teams emerged.
Following his performance, Spurs reportedly asked the championship team to keep them informed on his future.
Tottenham weren’t the only big team to show an interest. Manchester United, West Ham and Crystal Palace were all named as teams watching Jones.
West Ham back for Isaiah Jones
Considering West Ham had been interested in Jones before, it’s no surprise that they once again threw their hats in the ring. It looks like the time may be right for the Hammers to give the trap a try.
That’s when Moyes now sees a future for Jones at the club, according to journalist Peter O’Rourke.
“So obviously David Moyes sees this as something that he thinks could improve his West Ham squad at the moment,” he said. Football Transfer Tavern.
Indeed, Moyes might not have wanted to jump to Jones last season as his side were in good shape. The Hammers battled for a top-four spot for much of the season, before eventually slipping to a seventh-place finish.
Currently, however, they are firmly placed in the middle of the table, having won just four games. As such, now might be the time to make some improvements to the team.
Jones has shown he can play against Premier League opponents before.
In addition, he has retained his good form from the start of the current campaign. As such, he could definitely add something to the West Ham squad.
Man Utd were previously linked with Jones. While there haven’t been any signs of interest lately, that doesn’t mean they’re still not watching him.
As such, Moyes could beat his former side to the transfer. The fact that Michael Carrick – who played under Moyes – is now at the helm of Middlesbrough could help the Hammers trap Jones.
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