West Ham are set for a summer battle with Tottenham in the race to sign Marseille midfield ace Maxime Lopez, according to a report from the Daily Star.

Both the Hammers and Spurs will be keen to strengthen their central midfield options in the summer.

The London clubs are in the same boat, however, and will likely not have massive funds available to do so.

That’s why Lopez will be so appealing for West Ham and Tottenham.

Olympique de Marseille v Olympique Lyonnais - Ligue 1

Maxime Lopez (Photo by Jean Catuffe/Getty Images)

The Daily Star claims the Hammers and Spurs both want to sign the 22-year-old Marseille ace. And the Frenchman could be available for just £10 million as he enters the final year of his contract with the Ligue 1 outfit.

The Express claims that Jose Mourinho is a big admirer of Lopez.



The 22-year-old has racked up three assists in 23 league outings for Marseille so far this season (Transfermarkt).

Olympique de Marseille v RC Strasbourg - Ligue 1

Maxime Lopez (Photo by Guillaume Ruoppolo – OM/Olympique de Marseille via Getty Images)

In those 23 appearances, he has averaged 37.7 passes per game, with an incredibly impressive completion rate of 89.5% (Who Scored).

Lopez has also averaged 0.8 key passes and 0.7 dribbles per game during that period (Who Scored).

The 22-year-old Frenchman is very versatile. He can operate in central midfield, in the number 10 role or out on either wing.

And for just £10 million, Lopez could be a real bargain for either West Ham or Tottenham.

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