West Ham United are reportedly interested in Arsenal’s industrious midfielder Tomas Rosicky. The 33-year old has endured an injury-plagued time with the Gunners since moving from Borussia Dortmund in 2006 and is now in the final year of his contract.
If he makes 25 appearances with Arsenal this season, he’ll be in line for an extension. But West Ham are eyeing him up if he fails to hit the target and is subsequently released the following summer.
The news comes as a surprise as many wouldn’t consider manager Sam Allardyce a fan of ball-players such as Rosicky. However, a close source revealed the Hammers boss does sometimes favour the players with good ball-retention stats.
‘Sam might well be labelled with the long ball tag, but if you look at his time at Bolton Wanderers, he managed Youri Djorkaeff and Jay-Jay Okocha. so he is no stranger to players comfortable on the ball.’
There has been no official interest made by West Ham to Arsenal for the Czech Republic international, but Allardyce is said to be keen on the midfielder, and is also lining up former Fulham & Tottenham midfielder Clint Dempsey potentially on loan from Seattle Sounders in the new year to bolster his lineup.