According to a report from the Mirror, Liverpool have had a £9 million bid rejected for Real Betis defender Aissa Mandi. And that could provide West Ham with a second bite at the cherry to sign the 28-year-old centre-back.
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Real Betis are said to be holding out for £10.8 million for the Algeria international (Mirror).
The Hammers were trying to pip the Reds to the 28-year-old Betis ace’s signature (El Desmarque).
It appeared as though David Moyes would miss out on Mandi, however, with beIN SPORTS journalist Hafid Derradji claiming that the Betis ace’s move to Liverpool was imminent just a few days ago.
The Mirror now suggest that West Ham still have a chance to beat Jurgen Klopp to Mandi’s signature, however, after Liverpool’s £9 million bid to bring the defender to Anfield was rejected.
It will allegedly take just £10.8 million to prise him away from Betis. And that would represent excellent value for the Hammers.
In 29 La Liga outings for Betis this season, Mandi averaged 1.1 tackles, 1.3 interception and three clearances per game. He also won an average of 2.1 aerial duals per game during those appearances (Who Scored).
It will obviously be a tough job for West Ham to beat Liverpool to the Algerian’s signature.
But at least it now seems like the Hammers have a chance.
And Mandi really would be a very strong addition to David Moyes’s squad at the London Stadium this summer.