According to a report from Marca, Arsenal have made an approach for French defender Malang Sarr after his contract with Nice expired. So West Ham must act fast if they want to sign one of their reported key targets.
FC Inter News claimed last month that the Hammers are keen to sign the 21-year-old centre-back.
David Moyes will surely be keen to bolster his central defensive ranks at the London Stadium this summer. And the same applies for Gunners Mikel Arteta at the Emirates.
Marca claims that Arsenal have already initiated contact with Sarr.
And with Newcastle allegedly in the hunt as well (FC Inter News), West Ham seriously have their work cut out if they are to sign the talented French centre-back this summer.
The Frenchman has made 19 Ligue 1 appearances for Nice this season. During those outings, the centre-back has averaged one tackle, 1.9 interceptions and 1.4 clearances. He has won an average of 0.7 aerial duals per game during those matches (Who Scored). So he clearly needs to work on becoming slightly more dominant in the air.
Sarr is a player with great potential, however. And his availability on a free transfer means that he would be a seriously useful addition for either West Ham or Arsenal.
It seems as though the Gunners have already got down to business, however.
And the Hammers now have a real problem if they are to convince the 21-year-old to join them instead of the Gunners.
Sarr is the kind of player who, if he continues to progress, could easily be worth £50 million in a few years time.
He is a very exciting young prospect, and his availability on a free means that whichever club wins the race for his signature will have secured themselves a real bargain.
West Ham must do everything they can to bring him to east London. Their task has undoubtedly just become a lot harder, however.