A twist to a deal involving Bamba Dieng clears the path for West Ham to sign Terem Moffi but he only wants one thing.

Another day of the January transfer window means another episode in what has become something of a West Ham soap opera, their pursuit of Lorient striker Moffi.

We brought you a comprehensive update on the latest in the Moffi saga on Hammers News yesterday.

The latest being that Marseille had entered the race for the Nigerian forward making the outlook bleak for West Ham for several reasons.

It emerged via L’Équipe that Marseille were already working on a deal with Lorient and the player’s entourage.

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Worse still for West Ham, L’Équipe doubled down on previous claims from the likes of France Ouest that Moffi’s preference is to remain in France rather than move to England.

And the ace card being that OM were offering former West Ham striker target Dieng to Lorient in exchange (Foot Mercato). 

Now a Dieng deal twist clears a path for West Ham to sign Moffi but he only wants one thing.

According to Foot Mercato, Lorient and Marseille have instead agreed a straight deal for Dieng, who flew in last night to make the switch and take a medical.

Moffi’s reluctance is cited as the major obstacle in the swap deal Marseille had proposed in their bid to beat West Ham to the 23-year-old.

The problem is Moffi’s reluctance is because he still only wants one thing – to join Nice.

“Major obstacle in these negotiations, the presence of Nice, which is looking for an attacker, and is trying to attract Moffi,” Foot Mercato reports.

Meanwhile French journalist Santi Aouna has once again claimed Moffi only wants Nice.

“At 00:25 on 25/01, Moffi still wants to go to Nice… now let’s wait for the final outcome,” Aouna stated on Twitter.

“Especially since Nice must also find an agreement with Lorient.”

From West Ham’s point of view the good news is Lorient now have their replacement and are willing sellers when it comes to Moffi.

So if they can somehow change the player’s mind – perhaps with a greater financial incentive – then, with a week left of the window, a deal may still be possible.

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Lorient’s preference has always been to sell to West Ham rather than rivals Nice.

Jesse Lingard recently stated he snubbed West Ham because the club showed him a lack of love and respect in negotiations whereas Nottingham Forest’s manager was willing to go to his house and their owner to fly him to Greece to meet with him.

Perhaps West Ham need to perform similar gestures to convince Moffi that his future is at the London Stadium.

With no game until Monday, David Moyes and Rob Newman should go to try and sit down with the striker and his entourage and put the hard yards in to personalise their efforts to persuade him to come to West Ham.

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