The Daily Star have claimed that Leeds United and West Ham United have joined Tottenham Hotspur in the race to sign Sampdoria talent Mikkel Damsgaard ahead of the summer transfer window – after the one-time Denmark international broke into the Serie A side’s outfit of late. But which club needs him most, and which club is suited to the Dane best?
Damsgaard, 20, joined Sampdoria from Danish FC Nordsjaelland last summer and was expected to be a fringe player – but the versatile midfielder has been a regular. Clocking up 22 appearances in all competitions, Damsgaard has had a hand in six goals – scoring twice and laying on four more assists. He scored in a 3-0 win over Lazio, and an assist in a 2-1 win over Inter.
That has attracted interest from Tottenham, West Ham and Leeds. It is believed that Sampdoria, who paid little over £5.2million for the midfielder at the start of the season – want as much as £15million for him now. That is after starring on either flank, as a 10 or a deeper midfielder. But which club suits Damsgaard most?
Well, West Ham have options out wide. Jesse Lingard has joined on loan from Manchester United until the end of the season, which is when his United contract ends – meaning he could end up joining the Hammers on a permanent basis. West Ham also boast Jarrod Bowen, have signed Said Benrahma permanently and also boast Pablo Fornals. David Moyes has not been keen to give youngsters much of a go – with Mipo Odebuko and Ben Johnson playing here and there.
Plenty of cover a and a lack of faith in youth, then, suggests Damsgaard would be wise to avoid West Ham. Tottenham have shown a faith in youth under Jose Mourinho – bringing through Oliver Skipp, Dane Scarlett, Japhet Tanganga, Harvey White and plenty more from the academy. But they have even more competition than West Ham out wide – in the form of Son Heung-min, Erik Lamela, Steven Bergwijn, Gareth Bale and Lucas Moura.
But at Leeds, Damsgaard would get the necessary game time as first reserve. Jack Harrison is expected to join permanently, while Raphinha has been excellent for Marcelo Bielsa. However, there is a serious drop off in quality behind those two players. Helder Costa has been poor and failed to live up to his £16million price tag. Ian Poveda needs a loan, and Pablo Hernandez might leave this summer.
Leeds also need cover in attacking midfield – and Damsgaard provides that. If the Dane has to pick one of the three Premier League clubs chasing his signature, surely it makes sense to pick Leeds.