West Ham United face strong competition from Newcastle United for the signature of Nantes ace Ludovic Blas this summer.
The Hammers may have our work cut-out if we are to beat Newcastle to the 24-year-old’s signature.
Blas is available for just £17 million this summer (L’Equipe). That sounds like truly outstanding value for a player with the Frenchman’s undoubted ability.
The Nantes ace has the kind of quality that would take West Ham to another level entirely. Newcastle could be a real problem for us this summer though, for a couple of reasons…
Newcastle to battle West Ham for Blas
Firstly, the Magpies have far superior financial muscle than the Hammers do.
So Newcastle will be able to offer Blas a more lucrative wage packet.
And secondly, Toon Allan Saint-Maximin recently admitted to Goal that he wants the Nantes ace to join him at St James’ Park.
Blas’s relationship with Saint-Maximin may be enough to tempt him into a move to Tyneside. And if that happens, it would be a massive blow for West Ham.
Blas is a left-footed attacking midfielder who is most comfortable when playing in the number 10 position, although he can play out wide as well.
The 24-year-old possesses exceptional technique and has impressive pace and energy. The Frenchman is pretty strong as well – something that bodes well for his chances of adapting to the physicality of the Premier League.
He has been described as ‘incredible’ by former Liverpool ace Pedro Chirivella who suggested that he is better than any other player he has played alongside (Daily Star).
Blas bagged 15 goals and five assists in 41 games for Nantes last term. He’s not just a flash in the pan either. The season before, he racked up 11 goals and five assists in 39 games (Transfermarkt).
Newcastle may well be in a better position than West Ham to sign Blas this summer.
David Moyes cannot allow that to happen though. The Scot must do everything in his power to bring Blas to the London Stadium. It could be the signing that keeps Newcastle below us in the Premier League table next season. He’s that good.