According to a report from France Football, Barcelona have made contact with alleged West Ham target Malang Sarr regarding a possible summer transfer.
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FC Inter News claimed in June that Hammers boss David Moyes wants to bring the 21-year-old Frenchman to the London Stadium on a free transfer this summer.
The 57-year-old Scot desperately needs to bolster his central defensive ranks before the start of next season.
The additions of a new right-back and left-back should be Moyes’s priority, but that doesn’t mean that the signing of a new centre-back should be overlooked.
Angelo Ogbonna was an absolute rock at the back for West Ham last season, but he recently turned 32.
Meanwhile, Winston Reid, Issa Diop and Fabian Balbuena have all been linked with the exit door at the London Stadium.
The problem for Moyes is that he has little money to spend this summer, if any at all.
So the chance to sign someone as good as Malang Sarr on a free transfer is one that the Hammers will surely pursue.
According to France Football, however, the Hammers may be facing an uphill battle if they are to bring the 21-year-old centre-back to east London.
Barca swoop in for free agent Sarr
Barcelona Director of Football Eric Abidal has allegedly made contact with Sarr already regarding a potential summer move to the Camp Nou.
And Barca’s interest in the Frenchman could mean that the Hammers’ chances of snapping up the free agent are dead and buried.
The Catalan giants were badly exposed defensively by Bayern Munich in the Champions League on Friday night.
So it is clearly obvious that Barcelona need to strengthen at the back, especially if they are to have any hope of convincing Lionel Messi that they are still capable of dominating Europe once again.
And that means that West Ham boss David Moyes could end up missing out on one of his key targets this summer.