West Ham might have just received a blow regarding their interest in Lyon striker Moussa Dembele, with Sky Sports claiming that the Frenchman’s ‘dream’ is to join Manchester United in the summer.
The Hammers have been chasing the former Celtic man since 2017 (The Sun).
And the Daily Mail claimed as recently as January that West Ham sent scouts to watch the 23-year-old in action for Lyon.
Sky Sports claim again today that the east London outfit are keen on signing Dembele, but they might just have their work cut-out.
It is allegedly the striker’s dream to join Manchester United.
Sky Sports claims that Lyon value Dembele at £83 million. So perhaps he would be out of the Hammers’ reach anyway. But it has also been suggested by Sky Sports that the Ligue 1 outfit’s president Jean-Michel Aulas could be willing to sell for less than that amount.
The former Celtic hitman has scored 13 goals in 24 league outings for Lyon so far this season (Transfermarkt).
In those outings, he has averaged 1.9 shots, 0.8 key passes and 0.8 dribbles per game. The Frenchman has also won an average of 2.6 aerial duals per match in those games (Who Scored).
Dembele boasts an impressive career record of 121 goals in 257 games (Transfermarkt).
He is exactly the kind of striker West Ham should be targeting. But with it reportedly being the 23-year-old’s dream to join Manchester United, the Hammers have little chance.
Especially if it will take anywhere near £83 million to prise him away from the Groupama Stadium in the summer.