West Ham United have a longstanding interest in Marseille midfielder Morgan Sanson but looked set to miss out to Aston Villa.

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The Hammers were first linked with a move for central midfielder Sanson before the last January window (The Express).

According to recent reports West Ham have reignited their interest this month (The Sun). 

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Villa looked set to beat West Ham to longstanding target Sanson

But Premier League rivals Aston Villa were said to be close to sealing his signature (talkSPORT).

Not according to Sanson’s manager Andre Villas-Boas, though.

The former Chelsea and Tottenham boss has hit out describing West Ham’s rival bid from Villa as “pathetic” (Telefoot Chaine and Get French Football News).

But AVB did raise concerns the interest could unsettle his player.

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Marseille boss slams rival West Ham bid from Villa as ‘weak and pathetic’

“We had a very, very weak offer from Aston Villa which we turned down,” AVB told Telefoot Chaine as reported by Get French Football News.

“It was pathetic.

“I hope that he (Sanson) continues to remain professional.”

Whether AVB’s comments will give West Ham hope, though, are debatable.

Villa were reported to have bid £15million for the former France Under 21 midfielder.

 

West Ham have money from the £20million sale of Sebastien Haller. But most of that will be used to sign a replacement striker – be that now or in the summer.

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AVB’s comments don’t necessarily give West Ham hope

So it is highly unlikely West Ham would be able to compete at the “pathetic” £15m let alone any higher.

The only avenue West Ham might be able to explore is a loan with an option or obligation to sign Sanson for higher fee down the line.

But whether that would float Marseille’s boat is another matter entirely.

There is no doubt that after a striker West Ham’s priority must be to sign another central midfielder.

Moyes is left relying on ageing captain Mark Noble has his only back-up for Tomas Soucek and Declan Rice.

Time is running out for the Hammers to make signings.

The east Londoners have just nine days left if they are to do any business in the January window.

Moyes has suffered setbacks in his pursuit of strikers Boulaye Dia and Youssef En-Nesyri.

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