A report from France claims West Ham United have concerns over pushing ahead with the signing of World Cup winner Djibril Sidibe.
According to RMC Sport journalist Mohamed Bouhafsi, West Ham have been in talks to sign the Monaco full-back.
#West Ham et #Newcastle ont démarré des discussions avec l’AS Monaco pour #Sidibe ! D’autres clubs anglais ont sollicité l’AS Monaco pour l’international français ! Monaco lui a donné un bon de sortie.
— Mohamed Bouhafsi (@mohamedbouhafsi) July 23, 2019
A proven top class operator and just 26, World Cup winner Sidibe perfectly fits West Ham’s new revamped transfer profile.
West Ham getting cold feet over World Cup winner?
The report claims West Ham are hesitant to push on with the move over concerns about Sidibe’s knee.
Citing L’Equipe, GFFN says Palace too are concerned. But it appears less so than the Hammers as Roy Hodgson’s Eagles are now ahead of West Ham in ‘pole position’ to land Sidibe.
The full-back is rated at around £13million by Monaco.
‘Root of multiple injuries’
But according to the report Sidibe’s knee has been the ‘root of multiple injuries’ he has suffered.
It could be argued West Ham don’t need Sidibe either.
Ryan Fredericks started to look stronger and more confident at the tail end of last season.
Experienced Pablo Zabaleta is in reserve for one last season.
Does Pellegrini even need Sidibe?
And then there is the emergence of hugely impressive youngster Ben Johnson meaning Manuel Pellegrini is well stocked at right-back.
Sidibe is deemed so good because he can operate well at left-back too.
And that has been a problem position for West Ham too.
But Pellegrini has shown great faith in Arthur Masuaku by handing him a somewhat surprising new five-year deal – with the option of a further two years after that.