According to a report from the Daily Mail, West Ham, Newcastle, Manchester United and Manchester City scouts were all in attendance for Lyon’s clash with Bordeaux yesterday to run their eyes over Moussa Dembele.
The Hammers desperately need more firepower up front this month, with the misfiring Sebastien Haller looking slightly isolated in attack.
Dembele joined Lyon from Celtic in the summer of 2018 for around £19.7 million (BBC). And the Ligue 1 outfit are now believed to value the Frenchman at around €50 million (£43 million), according to Le Parisien.
The 23-year-old has gone on to score 34 goals in 74 appearances for Lyon.
And the Daily Mail claims that Dembele is a target for West Ham this month.
Surely too expensive for the Hammers
At £43 million, and with clubs like Manchester United and Manchester City also said to be interested in the Lyon ace, West Ham are surely fighting a losing battle.
Dembele is clearly a top class striker. And at just 23, £43 million would actually represent decent value for money.
But having spent £45 million on Haller in the summer, it is highly unlikely that David Sullivan and David Gold will make such a significant outlay just six months later.
And that is a shame, because the prospect of having Dembele play alongside Haller is a really tantalising one.
If Dembele doses leave Lyon this month, it will surely be to join a club like City or United. And that’s not being pessimistic, it’s just realistic.