Layvin Kurzawa could be on his way out of PSG before Monday’s deadline with West Ham United and Newcastle United entering the chase for the defender.
According to Foot Mercato, West Ham United and Newcastle United are plotting a late move for PSG defender Layvin Kurzawa. The French left-back does not have a future in Paris and could leave the club on a loan deal to one of the Premier League sides before the transfer deadline.
There was a time when PSG were hailed for having one of the best left-backs in Europe. The name was Layvin Kurzawa, who teared up Ligue 1 following his move from AS Monaco to Paris. However, injuries and loss of form have disrupted his rhythm in recent years, making him expendable at the club.
Astonishingly, Kurzawa has not played a single competitive game, barring a nine-minute cameo in the French Super Cup earlier this season. Mauricio Pochettino evidently has no faith whatsoever in the French defender, with the club open to letting him leave before the transfer deadline.
There were talks of a move the Chelsea earlier in the window, as Thomas Tuchel sought a cover for the injured Ben Chilwell. However, the Blues have since dropped their interest as they called off the search prematurely.
There were also reports linking Kurzawa to Barcelona, although now it seems he might move to the Premier League with West Ham United and Newcastle United showing late interest.
The Hammers were somewhat struggling from left-back during Aaron Cresswell’s absence through injury. It has left David Moyes devoid of alternatives other than Arthur Masuaku. Kurzawa could come in as a backup at least until the end of the season.
West Ham have plenty of competitions to vie for, and bringing in a quality player such as Kurzawa will only boost their prospects. The PSG defender could become a solid backup to Cresswell and also help the Hammers when they need extra protection in games when they are leading.
A move to West Ham could make sense, although Newcastle United could be another exciting prospect. After signing Kieran Trippier for the right flank, the Magpies have been looking for a new left-back. While their need may not be as pressing as West Ham’s, Kurzawa could become a sure starter under Eddie Howe and help the team battle the relegation war.
Any possible deal might be on loan, with a viable option to buy at the end of the season. PSG are not exactly desperate to move him on; although the player is not featuring in Pochettino’s plans, it will be wise to let him go, so Kurzawa can catch up on his match fitness and get ready for the summer window.