West Ham United could be boosted in their pursuit of Reims striker Boulaye Dia.
But Reims are believed to have rejected West Ham’s offer.
West Ham’s low opening bid for Dia was rebuffed
Indeed a deal looks some way off if the French club’s actions are anything to go by. They started Dia in their defeat to Lille at the weekend.
West Ham have since turned their attentions to Sevilla forward Yousef En-Nesyri (The Athletic).
The Moroccan striker is now said to be David Moyes’s number one target. But West Ham’s £22.5m bid was also rebuffed.
West Ham desperately need another striker with injury-prone Michail Antonio the club’s only senior forward.
And West Ham could be boosted by new developments in the financial situation in French football.
West Ham striker pursuit could be boosted as French football’s financial crisis deepens and a host of clubs face bankruptcy
According to a report from Get French Football News yesterday, as many as a third of Ligue 1 and 2 clubs are ‘just weeks away from bankruptcy’ as the fallout from their collapsed TV deal with Mediapro worsens.
That means up to 13/14 clubs in the country’s top two divisions face going out of business unless they can attract urgent cash injections.
And discussions have even been held about halting the season in another potential boost for West Ham.
“One third of Ligue 1 and Ligue 2 clubs are weeks away from bankruptcy – possible stoppage of 2020/21 season discussed in a meeting between club representatives and the UNFP last week,” GFFN reports.
As things stand from February 7th, French football will have no TV rights coming in, creating a black hole in finances (GFFN). Added to the continued absence of full stadiums and it leaves clubs in a perilous state.
On the flip side Premier League clubs like West Ham spent a combined total of more than £1billion in the summer window knowing they had their mega bucks TV deal as security.
No income and talks held over halting season as French clubs sadly become ripe for the picking
According to GFFN, a meeting between club representatives and the French football players syndicate, the UNFP, took place last week during which the topic of the potential bankruptcy of French football was discussed.
“In this meeting, the stoppage of the 2020/21 Ligue 1 season was brought up as a topic, notably by a member of the PSG board, should a new broadcast deal not imminently arrive,” the report states.
“We could not continue and would be forced to stop the season… If two or three teams shut up shop, the league will have to be stopped prematurely,” one club president was quoted as warning.
With no TV money, empty stadiums the threat of a season stoppage looming large, the likes of West Ham could benefit.
It perhaps also explains why West Ham owners David Sullivan and David Gold went in so low with their opening bid for Dia.
Knowing the precarious financial situation, West Ham were no doubt hoping to land a bargain.
West Ham will undoubtedly try again with a slightly higher bid for the forward who has 12 goals in 18 games this season.
But while they may still be struggling financially, Reims’s coffers have been boosted to the tune of around £4million (GFFN).
That’s after the French Football Federation were ordered to pay Reims €4.76m, owing to a dispute that occurred in the 2015/16 campaign over their demotion to Ligue 2.