Daniel Ballard emerges as a transfer target for West Ham

West Ham United is targeting the signing of Sunderland centre-back Daniel Ballard as they seek to bolster their squad for the upcoming season.

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Having made the switch to Sunderland in June 2022 for an undisclosed fee, Ballard signed a three-year contract and played an influential role in the team’s journey to the Championship playoff finals last season.

The 23-year-old center-back’s impressive performances have caught the attention of West Ham’s chief decision-maker, Mark Noble, as reported by The Sun. Ballard’s 19 appearances for Sunderland demonstrated his defensive prowess and potential. According to Transfermarkt.com, he currently holds a market value of 2.5 million euros.

Moreover, Ballard’s stellar form has also earned him international recognition, representing Northern Ireland in 15 matches and even contributing two goals to his national team’s cause.

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West Ham’s chief scout, Rob Newman, closely monitored Ballard’s progress during a Northern Ireland fixture against Finland in March. This scouting mission likely provided valuable insights into the defender’s abilities and suitability for the Premier League club.

As negotiations and discussions continue, football fans eagerly anticipate updates on West Ham’s pursuit of Daniel Ballard. Should the transfer materialize, Ballard’s arrival would enhance the depth and talent of West Ham’s defensive options.

In the following weeks, it will become apparent whether Ballard will embark on a Premier League career with West Ham United or continue his development at Sunderland.

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Naples-born Enzo Cattaneo has spent more than a decade living in Madrid and writing about Spanish football, German football and the Premier League for various Spanish football websites and now he writes about World football for World Football Rumours. He's been thinking about football transfers and rumours pretty much nonstop since the 2002 FIFA World Cup in South Korea. Aside from writing, he likes to spend his time playing Esports games.

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