For one very straightforward reason, West Ham United has decided not to sign Peterborough center-back Ronnie Edwards.
Ronnie Edwards was reportedly very much on West Ham’s radar; in fact, Barry Fry claims that we made a £4 million approach for the 20-year-old back in the summer.
Then, earlier this week, rumors surfaced indicating that we are once again in the running to sign him. But it appears that the Hammers are no longer attempting to get Edwards to sign.
David Moyes allegedly no longer wants to bring the Peterborough player to the London Stadium, according to Claret and Hugh.
The fact that Nayef Aguerd is away at AFCON and that the Moroccan is strongly connected to leaving London Stadium means that Moyes will definitely need to acquire a center defender this winter.
In addition, Konstantinos Mavropanos departed the game against Bristol City on Sunday due to an injury, while Kurt Zouma is still having trouble staying healthy.
But it’s obvious that Moyes isn’t concerned enough about those issues to sign Edwards right away.
Reject Ronnie Edwards for West Ham
Moyes, according to Claret and Hugh, decided against making a move for the 20-year-old Peterborough defender because he believed he was too little to play center back in the Premier League.
Edwards is someone I genuinely like, and I think we would have signed him well. Look at Manchester City star Nathan Ake, who is 5 feet 11 inches tall, to see that he can still leap higher than someone who is 6 feet 3 inches!
Edwards has averaged one tackle, one interception, 4.4 clearances, and two successful aerial duels per game in 25 League One appearances for Peterborough this season (Who Scored).
The Peterborough defender is a very good passer of the football as well. He has a completion percentage of 91.6% and averages 86.2 passes per game (Who Scored).
He is certainly still a bit raw at the age of 20, so it’s unlikely that he’s ready to play in the Premier League just yet.
But, in my opinion, Ronnie Edwards would have made a fantastic long-term addition to West Ham. Clearly, Moyes disagrees with that viewpoint, though!