West Ham United have been linked with a move for one of the hottest free transfers on the market Malang Sarr.
According to a report from FC Inter News, West Ham were one of a host of clubs interested in the 21-year-old defender, who has just left Nice.
FC Inter News claims that Sarr will demand a large salary and at least a four-year deal.
But with no transfer fee involved that is not enough to put clubs off.
Moyes wants defenders and free agent Sarr is on his list
West Ham boss David Moyes made it clear his priority is to sign defenders this summer (Evening Standard).
Reliable insider ExWHUemployee has also claimed West Ham have registered an interest in Sarr.
But West Ham’s hopes of landing Sarr looked bleak when a report claimed Barcelona had entered the running.
France Football claimed that Barca sporting director Eric Abidal was pushing to sign Sarr and had already communicated the club’s interest to the player.
France Football’s report mentions the interest from England – believed to be coming from West Ham, Newcastle and Arsenal – as well as Italy.
But there was a twist today when Barca sacked Abidal.
Twist as man pushing for Sarr transfer is sacked
The Catalan giants revealed the decision to sack Abidal on their official website.
The Camp Nou side have appointed Ronald Koeman after sacking Quique Setien following that 8-2 drubbing at the hands of Bayern Munich (Sky Sports).
And it seems Abidal did not fit the new structure.
Abidal’s decision to sack Ernesto Valverde and replace him with Setien – coupled with some disastrous signings such as Antoine Griezmann – are said to have been his undoing.
But Abidal’s sacking could be good news for West Ham. It will likely put an end to Barca’s interest in Sarr. And that opens the door for David Moyes in the chase for the hot property free agent.
Koeman will want his own players and Barca are under pressure to return to their former glory.
Sarr the kind of signing West Ham should be making
Moyes has also been heavily linked with a move for Brighton defender Shane Duffy on loan with the option to buy – read the full story here.
Many Hammers fans have been underwhelmed by the links to Duffy.
Others feel he is the no-nonsense, committed, experienced centre back West Ham need.
John Stones and Phil Jones are also said to be on David Moyes’s hit list.
Moyes has no money for transfers unless he offloads players first (Claret & Hugh). So it is difficult to see anything other than free transfers or loan deals for the Hammers this summer.
Sarr could be back on the agenda for West Ham after the Abidal twist. He is the kind of signing the Hammers should be making as Moyes targets young, hungry players.
And that may explain ExWHUemployee’s revelation that West Ham had – as yet – not gone back to Duffy since talking to him last Friday – read full story here.
When it comes to Sarr, the east Londoners must at least ask the question.