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West Ham confident of signing Chelsea defender Ian Maatsen

West Ham United are increasingly growing confident they can seal a deal for Chelsea left-back, Ian Maatsen as the first signing in the January transfer window, according to TeamTalk.

The Hammers’ initial approach for Maatsen were rebuffed last summer, with Chelsea’s head coach, Mauricio Pochettino insisting on accessing the Netherlands international before deciding on his future.

Going further into the season, Maatsen is yet to start a Premier League game with the 21-year-old only making 14 substitute appearances in the League this season. As a matter of fact, of all Maatsen’s 141 minutes in the Premier League this season, the longest duration he has been on the pitch was the 20-minute cameo in the 2:0 victory over Sheffield United at Stamford Bridge.

Maatsen’s contract is set to expire in 2025 and although initial talks were held over a contract renewal, it seems like Maatsen’s chapter at Stamford Bridge is nearing completion as TeamTalk reports that the Blues are open to his sale with a £20m valuation for the Dutchman.

David Moyes eyes new left-back

The Hammers are anticipated to be proactive in the January transfer window as they pursue success in the Europa League, their Premier League campaign, and the FA Cup.

With Maatsen approaching the final 18 months of his contract, there are possibilities he could be sold this winter amid David Moyes’ keen interest in the Netherlands International.

Emerson Palmieri remains the only unchallenged first-choice left-back this season with Aaron Cresswell falling down the pecking order and David Moyes is set to add competition in that position with the addition of Maatsen

Chelsea already have Marc Cucurella and Ben Chilwell at the left-back position. Both have been injured and Levi Colwill who is a natural centre-back has been given the starting berth at left-back, decreasing potential game time for Maatsen.

Mauricio Pochettino will be keen to trim down the left back position which is bloated. This will put West Ham’s technical director Tim Steidten in a favourable position for a seamless transfer of Maatsen to The London Stadium.

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