Monaco have moved for a star who had ‘agreed terms’ with West Ham after visa doubts cast uncertainty on Formose Mendy hopes.
While nearly all of West Ham’s relegation rivals are getting some exciting deals done ahead of Tuesday’s deadline, there seems to have been another blow for David Moyes.
Earlier this month Hammer News carried a report claiming West Ham had held ‘exploratory talks’ with a view to signing Senegal defender Mendy from Amiens as Craig Dawson’s potential replacement.
Since then West Ham have indeed sold Dawson to Wolves for £3.3m with the fan favourite bidding the Hammers an emotional farewell.
Kurt Zouma is injured yet again and – as things stand – Moyes only has error-prone Thilo Kehrer in reserve should anything happen to 34-year-old Angelo Ogbonna or Nayef Aguerd.
The Athletic claimed talks had taken place between West Ham and Ligue 2 Amiens for Mendy.
West Ham fans were excited at the prospect of signing the 22-year-old has won two caps for his country and is seen as the natural successor to Kalidou Koulibaly.
Because the athletic, powerful defender possesses great passing range and can play both centre-back and right-back – another problem position for West Ham.
Earlier this week Senegalese outlet Wiwsport claimed West Ham had reached an agreement with Mendy’s entourage and the player himself wants to move to the London Stadium.
But there could be bad news for the Hammers from France this evening.
Because Monaco have moved for the star who had ‘agreed terms’ with West Ham after visa doubts cast uncertainty on the Mendy hopes.
Foot Mercato claim Monaco are now rivalling West Ham after it emerged he may not be able to currently satisfy the necessary working visa requirements before a move to England.
The report claims Monaco scouts were present at Amiens’ game against top-of-the-league Le Havre yesterday.
And it states that Mendy may now move to the Principality club instead of West Ham as a result of the visa issues.
Get French Football News have repeated the claims.
Hammers News looked at what Mendy would bring to the London Stadium earlier this week, stating he is just the sort of exciting young signing we should be making.
So let’s hope West Ham can overcome any issues to beat Monaco to his signature.