26-yo ex-Hammer said £44m star Moyes wants at West Ham is quickest player he’s ever seen

One-time West Ham United striker Toni Martinez has delivered his verdict on his Porto teammate being chased by David Moyes – Zaidu Sanusi.

West Ham boss David Moyes wants to bring Zaidu Sanusi to the London Stadium in the January transfer window according to a report from TEAMtalk, with Aaron Cresswell set to be moved on.

The Hammers manager desperately needs to bring in more competition and cover for Emerson Palmieri at left-back, with Cresswell set to depart.

And Sanusi, 26, would be the perfect man for the job in my opinion. He was actually close to joining us two years ago but was blocked from moving to the London Stadium by Porto boss Sergio Conceicao.

So what is it that makes the Nigerian so good and so well suited to the way in which West Ham play?

Former Hammer Toni Martinez told The Sportsman a couple of years ago exactly what his Porto teammate is all about…

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West Ham eyeing Zaidu Sanusi

Toni Martinez spent three years with the Hammers before leaving to join Famalicao in the summer of 2019. The 26-year-old striker then moved on to Porto just 15 months later.

Sanusi joined the Portuguese giants at the same time, and Martinez explained just how fast the Nigerian is a couple of years ago:

“Zaidu Sanusi is the funny one. He’s always joking with team-mates and gets on with everyone. He is too quick. He’s probably the quickest player I’ve seen in my life!”

So he’s absolutely rapid then! Happy days, because that’s exactly what we need.

The 26-year-old left-back has a €50 million (£44 million) release clause inserted into his current contract with Porto (Soccernet Nigeria).

That’s an awful lot of money, and the Hammers definitely won’t be spending that kind of cash on one player in January.

If Porto lower their demands for Zaidu Sanusi down to around £25-30 million though, I think he’d be a really solid addition for West Ham.

The fleet-footed Nigeria international will definitely provide sufficient cover for current first choice left-back Emerson, that’s for sure.


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