West Ham: Moyes has 'very interesting plan' for £17.5m star at London Stadium

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West Ham could play Maxwel Cornet at wing-back this season, according to transfer insider Dean Jones.

The Ivory Coast international has predominantly played on the wing in recent years, although Jones has hinted that David Moyes is planning on using him in a deeper role.

What’s the latest news involving Cornet?

According to The Sun, Cornet is on the verge of making an instant return to the Premier League after the Hammers activated his £17.5m release clause.

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Cornet was set to agree personal terms on Thursday before undergoing a medical in east London on Friday, with West Ham in a rush to get him signed up before the 12pm deadline, so he can feature against Manchester City on Sunday.

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The Evening Standard believe that even if he does sign in time, he isn’t expected to feature against the reigning Premier League champions after failing to play a minute in pre-season for Burnley.

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If Cornet does miss out, he’ll be hoping to make his Hammers debut when they travel to Nottingham Forest on Sunday week, and Jones reckons he could be deployed in a wing-back role despite the majority of his 29 appearances last season coming further forward.

What did Jones say about Cornet?

He told GIVEMESPORT: “I’m hearing that West Ham are looking at Cornet as a wing back, which is probably not what all the other teams chasing him had in mind. Very interesting move this would be.”

Has Cornet played at wing-back previously?

According to Transfermarkt, Cornet has spent the majority of his career playing in a more advanced wide role, with his speed and quality helping him score nine Premier League goals for Burnley last season.

But he offers versatility having previously played on both flanks, up front and at left-back on various occasions, which suggests that a wing-back role could suit him well.

Generally, Cornet does the majority of his damage playing higher up the pitch, which means that it would come as a surprise to see Moyes opt to play him at wing-back.

But having played six different positions more than 10 times during his playing career, it’s clear that West Ham could use Cornet all over the pitch, with wing-back clearly one of those options.

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