West Ham are thought to be weighing up a loan move for Barcelona’s young starlet Munir El Haddadi in January as scouts continue to monitor his progression.
The 19-year-old burst on to the scene for the Catalan giants this season, starting seven of their first eight matches in La Liga after previously impressing in the Barcelona B team.
Many believe the Hammers had scouts at the Camp Nou for their Champions League tie against PSG on Wednesday to watch the Spaniard, although he did not feature in the match.
Munir is one of the brightest talents in Europe at the moment and another future star for the Spain national side, which continues to churn out world class players.
He’s a nimble footed attacking midfielder that’s very neat and tidy on the ball, he likes to cut in side and run at defenders or thread cutting passes into the forwards. He links up well and is also a threat from indirect set pieces.
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It could be said he is a typically clever, classy, Spanish footballer and he looks a very promising prospect for the future. A move to West Ham would be a massive learning curve for him, but one that could benefit all parties involved.
On his first-team debut for Barca he shone in front of the home crowd, capping off a fine display with a delightful chip that helped them to a 3-0 opening day victory over Elche. He has also featured in three Champions League matches this season as he continues to gain a wealth of experience which will only aid his development.
His inclusion and performances led him to be called up to the Spain squad as he made an unexpected appearance in a Euro 2016 qualifier against Macedonia back in September, coming on as a substitute.
Luis Enrique hasn’t been playing him quite as often over the past few weeks, though, which suggests he’ll perhaps be willing to loan the youngster out next month.
Swansea are understood to be interested in taking Munir on loan and either them or West Ham would be ideal destinations for the playmaker. The style of football they’ve both been playing this season would be apt for utilising his skills and the Irons are seemingly very keen.
The Premier League would teach the player some harsh lessons and ensure he sharpens up his game in order to match the intensity, while at the same time his supreme talent and ability to pull off the sublime could be vital to the Hammers as they look to cement a European place.
Sam Allardyce has little to spend, if nothing at all, in January so a loan deal for the youngster could be the perfect remedy to helping his side push on in a month that they are set to lose several key players to Africa Cup of Nation duties.