West Ham and Chelsea both want to sign Everton left-back Lucas Digne before the January transfer window closes.
We believe that the Hammers could have a very big advantage over Chelsea in the race for the Frenchman’s signature though.
Everton ace Digne has fallen out with Rafa Benitez after he questioned the Spaniard’s methods during training last month (The Athletic).
And as a result he will leave Goodison Park this month according to Sky Sports.
West Ham and Chelsea are believed to be leading the race to sign the £30m Toffees star. We believe that David Moyes has more chance of bringing him to the London Stadium than Thomas Tuchel does of bringing him to Stamford Bridge, however.
West Ham have advantage over Chelsea in £30m January transfer window star race
At first glance, it may seem that the Hammers will have our work cut-out in the race for the 28-year-old Everton man with the West London club keen to sign him as well.
We believe that West Ham are in the front seat though, for one very simple reason.
There is a World Cup coming up in just 10 month’s time.
Digne – a 43-capped France international, will obviously be desperate to be in Didier Deschamps’ squad for the World Cup in Qatar.
The only way for him to do just that will be to play regular football between now and the end of the year. Now, we believe that he has a far greater chance of doing that at West Ham than he would do at Chelsea.
The Hammers only have Aaron Cresswell who Digne would have to compete with. The 32-year-old is currently injured as well and there is no return date pencilled in for him as yet.
Over at Chelsea meanwhile, Tuchel has Ben Chilwell and Marcos Alonso to call upon. Chilwell is out with a long-term injury but it will be difficult for Digne to usurp Alonso in the starting XI.
And looking at next season, beyond the World Cup, Digne would then have to compete with Chilwell AND Alonso.
Meanwhile, Cresswell will be 33 this time next year and Digne would be his natural successor.
This theory could all change of course if the Everton man is someone who puts a big contract ahead of the opportunity to play regularly.
Let’s not forget though, West Ham are a very attractive prospect at the moment for potential new signings. We are flying high in fifth spot in the Premier League table and have a Europa League last 16 tie to look forward to in March.
Digne would be a great signing for the Hammers.
Jamie Redknapp recently labelled the 28-year-old as an ‘exceptional’ player recently (Liverpool Echo). He is the perfect long-term replacement for Cresswell.
Let’s hope that Moyes manages to beat Tuchel to his signature this month. And we believe that there’s a great chance that the Scot can do just that.