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Penny pinching West Ham look on as Southampton reportedly swoop in for Olivier Ntcham

According to a report from Football Insider, Southampton are ready to make a £12 million bid for Celtic midfielder Olivier Ntcham. And West Ham look set to miss out on yet another one of their alleged targets.

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According to a report from 90Min, the Hammers are interested in signing the 24-year-old Hoops ace this summer.

And Bhoys boss Neil Lennon is allegedly prepared to let the Frenchman leave Parkhead this summer (90 Min).

Olivier Ntcham (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)

West Ham’s need to bolster their ranks this summer is obvious. It is common knowledge that we need an established centre-back, left-back, right-back and centre-forward.

But because of our desperation to strengthen in those positions, our lack of depth in central midfield is overlooked.

If Tomas Soucek or Declan Rice succumb to injuries, we will be bang in trouble. And Celtic ace Olivier Ntcham would have been the ideal addition for the Hammers. Southampton appear to be in the driving seat, however.

Olivier Ntcham (Photo by Ricardo Nogueira/Eurasia Sport Images/Getty Images)

Football Insider claims that Saints boss Ralph Hasenhuttl is lining up a £12 million bid to bring the Frenchman to St Mary’s.

The 24-year-old is a powerful box-to-box midfielder. He racked up eight goals and three assists in 38 games for Celtic last season (Transfermarkt).

And £12 million sounds like an absolute steal for Ntcham. It will be such a shame if we miss out to Southampton on the Celtic ace. He has everything we need.

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