According to a report from 90Min, West Ham are interested in signing Celtic midfielder Olivier Ntcham this summer.
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The Hammers could face competition from Everton and Southampton for the 24-year-old Hoops ace, however.
West Ham boss David Moyes has plenty of work to do this summer. But he has limited funds available to him. So the Scot will have to be thrifty in his player recruitment.
Whilst the Hammers have already signed Tomas Soucek, it could be argued that Moyes could actually do with another central midfielder.
With Carlos Sanchez having left, Mark Noble on the wrong side of 33 and Declan Rice’s future uncertain, the addition of a young, dynamic and powerful central midfielder might just be on the cards for West Ham this summer.
And 90 Min reckon that the Hammers are ‘hot on the heels’ of Celtic star Olivier Ntcham. Everton and Southampton are also in the race to sign the Frenchman, so the east London outfit won’t have things all their own way.
The 24-year-old Hoops ace, who has two years remaining on his current deal at Celtic Park, is a vitally important player for Neil Lennon.
But the Celtic boss is allegedly willing to sell him for £20 million this summer (90 Min).
Ntcham is a powerful box-to-box midfielder. And he would make a huge difference to West Ham.
Moyes clearly won’t be able to offer Celtic £20 million for the Frenchman’s service’s anytime soon, however.
And in truth, perhaps the Hammers boss should be prioritising the additions of some new defenders rather than another central midfielder.
If West Ham do bring in a couple of full-backs and perhaps a centre back as well and still have some cash left over, however, signing Celtic ace Ntcham would be a no-brainer.
Whether Moyes will be backed by the owners, however, remains to be seen.