According to a report from French media outlet L’Equipe, Tottenham are in pole position to sign Paris Saint-Germain right-back Thomas Meunier – a player West Ham are reportedly keen to bring to east London.
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ESPN claimed last month that Meunier was nearing a switch to Borussia Dortmund. The Bundesliga giants were allegedly prepared to pay the PSG ace a €10 million (£9 million) signing on fee plus €40 million (£35 million, £170,000 per week) in wages over a four-year period.
But French media outlet L’Equipe are now suggesting that Tottenham are in pole position to sign the Belgian. And that will undoubtedly be a big blow for West Ham.
In 27 appearances for PSG this season, Meunier has racked up one goal and two assists (Transfermarkt).
In 16 Ligue 1 outings, the 28-year-old has averaged 1.7 tackles, 1.1 interceptions, 0.9 clearances and 0.3 blocks (Who Scored).
He is vastly experienced in playing at the very highest level. The 40 international caps Meunier has earned for Belgium are testament to his quality.
And he will be such a great bargain on a free transfer, in spite of his high wage demands.
Unfortunately for West Ham, however, it seems like they could be set to miss out to their bitter rivals Tottenham int he chase for the PSG ace.
David Moyes could really have done with signing a player like Meunier this summer.
Pablo Zabaleta is set to leave at the end of the season. Ryan Fredericks, meanwhile has failed to impress at the London Stadium.
Jeremy Ngakia and Ben Johnson are very bright prospects indeed. But Moyes won’t want to put too much pressure on them too quickly.
So missing out to Jose Mourinho on the signing of Meunier will be a real disappointment for the Scot.