Why West Ham signing Kai Wagner would be a fantastic move

According to Daily Mail, West Ham have inquired about Kai Wagner of Philadelphia Union. The German has been impressive in the MLS and that has attracted the attention of a few clubs. A January offer could be on the cards too. Fulham are the other club to have shown interest.


Kai Wagner is a 23-year-old German left-back who plays for MLS side Philadelphia Union. He started his youth career at SV Lonsee in 2001 and spent eight years in their academy. Then he switched to SSV Ulm 1846 and continued his progress.

While he was in their U-19 side, he signed for Augsburg’s U-19 side but returned to SSV Ulm after six months. He made 34 appearances for them over the next season before being signed by Schalke. Although he didn’t get a chance to play for the senior side, he did play a lot for their reserves.

06.05.2017, Fussball, Regionalliga West, Saison 2016/2017, 32. Spieltag, Jahnstadion, Bottrop FC Schalke 04 U23 – SC Verl 0 : 0 Nico Hecker (SC Verl, rechts) gegen Kai Wagner (FC Schalke 04 U23)

In 2017, he was signed by Wurzburger Kickers and spent two seasons there. Post that he decided to move continents and try his luck in the MLS. He has settled in well at the club. So far, he has made 49 appearances for them, scoring once and assisting 8 (source – Transfermarkt).

Kai Wagner would be perfect for West Ham

West Ham have had a better start to the season compared to previous ones. They have had a change in system and tactics where they switched to a back-five and that has yielded better results. Now with Cresswell playing as the left-sided center-back, the club only have Arthur Masuaku as the other left-back.

This is exactly where a player like Kai Wagner would come in handy. Capable of playing as an orthodox full-back as well as a wing-back, he would slot in seamlessly into the side. He is defensively adept but does often venture into the opposition half to provide that extra bit of width and help.

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CHESTER, PA – AUGUST 29: Kai Wagner #27 of Philadelphia Union dribbles the ball against Ola Kamara #9 and Julian Gressel #31 of D.C. United in the first half at Subaru Park on August 29, 2020 in Chester, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images)

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With the player valued at just around £3.5million, West Ham would be getting one of the best bargain deals. Since Moyes is keen on adding a player to that position, the club should try to make this deal happen in January. With other Premier League sides interested in the player they will surely need to act fast.


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