West Ham United allegedly want to sign William Saliba from Arsenal in the summer and we believe we might just have a secret weapon in the race for his signature.
Jeunes Footeux claimed yesterday that the Hammers are prepared to pay round €30 million (£25.3 million) for the Arsenal defender.
David Moyes desperately needs to bolster his central defensive ranks at the London Stadium.
Angelo Ogbonna is out for the entire season and is set to turn 34 before the start of the new campaign later this year.
Meanwhile, Issa Diop has proven that he just isn’t good enough to cut the mustard at the very highest level in the Premier League.
Craig Dawson has been a very dependable backup option for Moyes and never lets anyone down when he plays. In order for West Ham to reach another level though, Moyes absolutely must upgrade his options in the middle of defence.
And bringing in William Saliba would certainly be the perfect way to do just that.
The 20-year-old has been described as an ‘incredible’ talent by talkSPORT. The Arsenal owned defender has been absolutely outstanding during a loan spell with Marseille this season.
In 21 Ligue 1 outings for Marseille so far this season, Saliba has averaged 1.8 tackles, 1.2 interceptions and 2.3 clearances per game (Who Scored).
The young French centre-back is an incredible passer of the football as well and is very composed when in possession. He has made 82.8 passes on average per game for Marseille this season and has recorded an impressive completion rate of 93.5% (Who Scored).
West Ham may have secret weapon in race to sign Saliba from Arsenal
David Moyes brought Kurt Zouma to the London Stadium from Chelsea in the summer for around £30 million (Daily Mail).
The 27-year-old has already been a huge hit with the Hammers. And he might just be able to play an influential role in Moyes strengthening his ranks even further still.
Zouma, like Saliba, is French. He should be on the phone to his fellow countryman selling West Ham to him every single day leading up to the transfer window.
The former Chelsea man began his career with Ligue 1 side AS Saint-Etienne before making his big money move to the Premier League in 2014.
Saliba has experienced an identical route to Zouma. He also began his career with Saint-Etienne before making his big money move to Arsenal. In fact, the 20-year-old moving to London for around £25 million (ESPN) smashed the record for the Ligue 1 outfit’s biggest sale of all-time beating the previous record set by, you’ve guessed it, Zouma.
The West Ham man will know all about the trials and tribulations of swapping France for England at such a young age. And Zouma would undoubtedly be able to help nurture Saliba into a world-class centre-half.
In addition to that, Saliba may well be tempted to join the Hammers from the Gunners because he will be guaranteed regular Premier League action.
It will not be easy for him to obtain that with Arsenal considering the fact that Mikel Arteta is more than settled upon his first choice pairing of Ben White and Gabriel.
Much will depend on how much the Gunners will demand in order to sanction Saliba’s exit from the Emirates in the summer. He won’t be cheap, that’s for sure.
Signing the 20-year-old from Arsenal in the summer would be a big statement from West Ham. And we believe that having Zouma at the London Stadium should help us do just that.