West Ham and Arsenal are both keen to sign Marseille ace Morgan Sanson this summer.
The Sun claimed that the Gunners enquired about the £36 million-rated French midfielder last month.
And the Daily Mail claimed a couple of months ago that the Hammers are keen on the 26-year-old as well.
If it is a straight fight between West Ham and Arsenal for Sanson then there surely will only be one winner.
But the Hammers might just have a chance, with Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta desperate to bring Lyon ace Houssem Aouar to the Emirates in a deal that could surpass £40 million (The Mirror).
If the Gunners do in fact sign the brilliant 22-year-old, there would be no need to sign Sanson as well. And that would leave the door open for West Ham.
David Moyes needs to bolster his defensive ranks this summer. The Scot could do with bringing an established centre-forward to the London Stadium as well.
But our weakness in midfield seems to be getting overlooked. We are an injury to Declan Rice or Tomas Soucek away from a real disaster.
Mark Noble is 33 and has regressed over the past 12 months. Meanwhile, Josh Cullen is far from proven at Premier League level.
And Sanson would be an absolutely superb addition for West Ham.
Sanson racked up five goals and five assists in 27 Ligue 1 outings for Marseille last season (Transfermarkt).
In those appearances, the Frenchman averaged 30.1 passes per game, with a very impressive completion rate of 85.9%. He also averaged 1.1 key passes per game (Who Scored).
In 27 league appearances, the 26-year-old averaged 2.2 tackles and 0.9 interceptions per game (Who Scored).
Sanson is clearly a very good player. And if Arsenal are keen on him, he must have a lot about him.
£36 million would obviously be too much for us to spend on a midfielder this summer, however.
Perhaps if we could barter Marseille closer down to £20 million, it would be worth our while bringing the French ace to the London Stadium. The Daily Mail suggests that the Ligue 1 outfit could accept a fee closer to £25 million for the 26-year-old.
And Arsenal will certainly make West Ham’s task of signing Sanson a whole lot easier if they do end up bringing Aouar to the Emirates.