Top EPL Club Eyes Move For Warriors Star Jordan Zemura
Bournemouth left-back Jordan Zemura has reportedly attracted interest from several Premier League and European clubs, including West Ham, Newcastle, Leeds, and Aston Villa. The 23-year-old Zimbabwe international has been one of Bournemouth’s standout performers in a difficult run of results but was left out of the side that beat Liverpool 1-0 last weekend.
Bournemouth manager Gary O’Neil described Zemura’s absence from the matchday squad as “just an internal decision,” declining to give further details. However, it is understood that Bournemouth has been unable to agree on terms with Zemura over a new contract, despite triggering a one-year extension clause in March 2022.
West Ham, who are fighting to avoid relegation from the Premier League, were reportedly interested in signing Zemura last summer and remain keen on the player. However, the Hammers currently have Emerson Palmieri and Aaron Cresswell as options at left-back, with Palmieri displacing the club’s longest-serving player as David Moyes’ first choice.
While finding a long-term replacement for 33-year-old Cresswell is seen as a priority for West Ham, the club’s immediate concern is improving results on the pitch. Sunday’s 1-1 draw with Aston Villa left the Hammers outside of the relegation zone only on goal difference, and the team faces AEK Larnaca in the Europa Conference League on Thursday before crucial home games against Southampton and Newcastle after the international break.
Zemura, who joined Bournemouth’s academy as a teenager, made his first-team debut in 2019 and has since established himself as a regular in the side. The athletic full-back is known for his pace and crossing ability, as well as his defensive work rate.
Newcastle, Leeds, and Aston Villa are also reportedly interested in Zemura, while clubs in Germany and France have shown interest in the player’s services. It remains to be seen whether Bournemouth will be able to agree on a new deal with Zemura, or if the defender will move on to a new club in the summer.
For West Ham, signing a promising young left-back like Zemura could provide a boost to the team’s defensive options and offer long-term stability in the position. However, with the club’s Premier League status hanging in the balance, Moyes and his players will be focused on securing results in the coming weeks to avoid relegation and continue their progress in European competition.