West Ham now want to sign one time Liverpool target Nabil Fekir according to a report from TEAMtalk.
The 28-year-old now plays for Real Betis but he was so close to becoming a Liverpool player back in the summer of 2018.
The Frenchman’s proposed £52 million transfer from Lyon to Liverpool collapsed despite the fact that he has even posed for pictures in a Reds shirt (Liverpool Echo).
The Merseyside outfit dramatically pulled the plug after concerns regarding Fekir’s knees.
And the rest is history.
The 25-capped France international ended up leaving Lyon for Real Betis in 2019. It seems as though he could now finally get a shot at Premier League football, however.
West Ham now want player who was on verge of £52m Liverpool transfer
TEAMtalk reckon that the Hammers are keen to sign Fekir, 28, either in January or next summer.
Fekir’s failed move to Liverpool because of concerns about his fragile knees will undoubtedly be a concern for some West Ham fans.
At the same time though, he might just be worth the risk.
The Betis ace is a real maverick – a mercurial talent who can get the fans up off their seats with moments of magic produced out of nowhere.
The former Lyon star bagged five goals and six assists in 33 La Liga games last season and he’s chalked up two goals and two assists in 10 outings this term (Transfermarkt).
His best season came during the 2017/18 campaign when he racked up 23 goals and eight assists in 40 games (Transfermarkt).
Fekir is still a hugely impressive talent. It must be said that West Ham should be eyeing a move to sign a new centre-forward ahead of anything else in January and next summer, however.
Still, it would be hard to turn down the chance to sign a player with the Frenchman’s ability. Especially if he is available for a bargain fee.
The pure fact that Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp was so keen to bring him to Anfield three years ago is evidence of his quality.