According to a report from Transfer 20, West Ham are in pole position to sign Chelsea midfielder Tiemoue Bakayoko this summer.
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Hammers boss David Moyes will be keen to bolster his central midfield department this summer.
If West Ham stay up, they should turn Tomas Soucek’s loan deal into a permanent one. but that alone may not be enough.
Mark Noble, 33, is well past his best, whilst Carlos Sanchez will undoubtedly leave the London Stadium at the end of the season.
And Transfer 20 claims that the Hammers are keen to sign Chelsea man Tiemoue Bakayoko. In fact, they suggest that the east London outfit are in pole position to secure the Frenchman’s signature.
The midfielder is currently on loan with Ligue 1 outfit Monaco.
That’s because West Ham are ready to sign the 25-year-old permanently, unlike Monaco and AC Milan. And they are also ready to pay Chelsea their asking price for Bakayoko.
Le 10 Sport report that to be around £31.4 million.
In 20 league outings for Monaco this season, Bakayoko has racked up one goal and two assists (Who Scored).
In those appearances, the Chelsea-owned ace has averaged 2.4 tackles, 1.5 interceptions, 0.9 clearances and 1.3 dribbles (Who Scored).
The 25-year-old obviously struggled at Chelsea, but he has been decent in Ligue 1 this term.
£31 million seems like a lot of money for someone who struggled so badly in the Premier League, however.
Perhaps if West Ham could get that fee down to nearer £15-20 million for the Chelsea man, it would be decent business for them.