Paris Saint-Germain are trying to offload West Ham United target Idrissa Gueye on deadline day and he has just snubbed Newcastle United.
West Ham boss David Moyes was heavily linked with a move for ex Everton star Gueye back in the summer window (Le10sport).
West Ham are worryingly short of defensive midfield options.
Hammers desperately short of defensive midfield cover
That was brutally exposed in the 3-1 defeat to Liverpool. Both Declan Rice and Tomas Soucek looked exhausted and West Ham only have ageing skipper Mark Noble in reserve.
But the Hammers could have another chance to finally capture Gueye on deadline day.
That’s because PSG are actively trying to offload the midfielder on loan. West Ham’s Premier League rivals Newcastle made a move last night.
And according to The Daily Mail, Gueye has rejected a move to St James’s Park in a bitter blow to Steve Bruce and Newcastle.
Reported West Ham target Gueye rejects move to Newcastle as PSG look to offload defensive midfielder
“Idrissa Gueye has opted to reject the chance to join Newcastle United on loan from Paris Saint-Germain despite initial positive talks,” The Daily Mail reports.
“The former Everton midfielder will be allowed to leave Paris but rejected the offer from Tyneside after being unsure about the move.”
Gueye joined the Paris giants from Merseyside in the summer of 2019 for £30million.
He was an instant hit helping PSG win his first eight games without conceding a goal.
But things have turned sour for the 31-year-old in Paris this season.
Short term Hammers deal could be perfect for all parties
Gueye has ony completed 90 minutes once since October. And the reported West Ham target came on for just nine minutes in PSG’s shock 3-2 defeat to Lorient on Sunday.
But Newcastle’s loss could be West Ham’s gain if Moyes decides to pounce.
At 31, Gueye does not necessarily fit Moyes’s transfer policy at West Ham.
The Scot wants to bring in young, talented players hungry to prove themselves at the top level.
But sometimes needs must. And Moyes may end up regretting it if he does not take the opportunity to sign Gueye given his lack of defensive midfield options.
A loan move until the end of the season could suit all parties.
The Senegalese is mobile, quick across the ground and has a hugely impressive average match rating of over 7/10 across his entire career (WhoScored.com).
West Ham have the maximum two domestic loans in the shape of Jesse Lingard and Craig Dawson.
But the Hammers are allowed up to four international loans too.
Moyes suggested West Ham’s business was done after the Liverpool defeat.
But he did not completely rule out any more moves, adding the caveat ‘unless something changes’ (The Evening Standard).
Where there is still time, there is still hope.
The last thing West Ham want to do now is leave themselves short and throw away all the excellent work the team has done this season.