West Ham are making a late move to sign Strasbourg defender Mohamed Simakan, according to a report from L’Equipe.
The Sun claimed recently that Hammers boss David Moyes wants to bring the 20-year-old centre-back to the London Stadium.
The Scot has been frantically searching for a new centre-back over the past few weeks.
And it is vitally important that we sign one before the transfer window closes.
As things stand, however, that is looking highly unlikely as the clock continues to tick down on transfer deadline day.
There is an extension in place of course for Premier League clubs to sign players from the Championship.
But that doesn’t reflect from the fact that David Sullivan and David Gold have failed to get deals for Moyes’ elite targets over the line.
L’Equipe reckons that the Hammers haven’t given up yet, however. They suggest that the east London outfit are making a late play to sign Mohamed Simakan, and have already seen a £15.4 million bid rejected for the young Frenchman.
It is claimed that West Ham will have to pay closer to £18 million if they want to sign the 20-year-old (L’Equipe).
The 20-year-old made 19 Ligue 1 appearances for Strasbourg last season. In those outings, the Frenchman averaged 2.8 tackles, 1.6 interceptions and 1.1 clearances per game. He also won an average of 2.1 aerial duals per match during that period of games (Who Scored).
Those are very impressive numbers for someone so young. But Simakan’s age means that spending £20 million on him would be a big risk for West Ham.
We are so short in central defence though that signing him might just be worth that risk.