Hertha Berlin has turned down a bid from KAA Gent for defender Jordan Torunarigha. Jordan Torunarigha is a German professional footballer who is on loan from Bundesliga club Hertha BSC to play as a defender for Gent in Belgium. He is the younger brother of current player Junior Torunarigha and the son of former footballer Ojokojo Torunarigha.
Hertha Defender Set To Move
According to reports, the bid is approximately €2 million-plus bonuses, while Hertha wants roughly €5 million for the 24-year-old central defender.
Torunarigha has also piqued the curiosity of two teams. West Ham United and Wolfsburg have inquired about the German, although a move inside the Bundesliga is more likely.
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Torunarigha has appeared in 81 games for Hertha Berlin since joining the club as a teenager.
Felix Magath, who was appointed as temporary head coach after securing Hertha’s Bundesliga status in a playoff versus Hamburg, has subsequently been replaced by Sandro Schwarz, who faces a difficult challenge in restoring the capital club.
What Was The Deal?
West Ham United is thought to be one of the clubs interested in Torunarigha’s game and has made a formal inquiry about the 24-year-old.
Torunarigha was a product of Hertha Berlin’s development system and was widely considered one of the club’s most talented defenders.
He has 81 competitive games for Hertha Berlin, and the center-back is well regarded for his relentless determination and imposing 1.91m frame.
Torunarigha, on the other hand, was never able to reach his full potential at Hertha. His performances have been uneven at best, and injuries haven’t helped matters. He did join Gent on a short-term loan in January, making 14 appearances for the Belgian club.
In the Jupiler Pro League, the German had a stronger season and is now being connected with a return to Gent. Hertha Berlin, on the other hand, is holding out for a €5 million fee, which would give West Ham a significant edge.
The Hammers are on the lookout for defensive reinforcements as Issa Diop’s future remains uncertain. Craig Dawson is in his late forties, while Angelo Ogbonna’s contract is set to expire at the end of the month.
Even if his stay is extended, the Italian is coming back from a long-term ailment. It has highlighted the need for a new defender, with West Ham reportedly interested in signing Michael Keane.
The Everton star, on the other hand, may be expensive, which is where Torunarigha comes in. West Ham should be able to spend €5 million for the Hertha Berlin defender, yet whether or not this is a wise investment remains to be seen.
Due to his inconsistency and injury difficulties in the Bundesliga, Torunarigha has failed to win over his supporters. In the Premier League, he may have much more difficulty performing. In any event, the German may want to stay in the Bundesliga, thus West Ham’s pursuit of the defender this summer may come to a halt.