Sky Sports man delivers big update on West Ham move for France star and Everton outcast Lucas Digne as speculation intensifies.
West Ham are in the hunt for defenders this month after losing three of their first choice back four to long-term injuries.
Angelo Ogbonna is out for the season after an ACL operation while Kurt Zouma will be out until February at the earliest.
Aaron Cresswell has been missing since November 28th after chipping a bone in his back when colliding with a post during West Ham’s defeat at Man City.
Left-back is an area that has been crying out for improvement at West Ham for several years.
The resurgence of Cresswell has bought David Moyes some time in that respect.
Since then speculation has been doing the rounds that West Ham are one of several clubs interested in signing Digne from Everton during the January window.
Chelsea, Newcastle and Napoli are also reportedly interested in the former Barcelona fullback.
With Newcastle said to be in the running, many West Ham fans fear the Hammers will be unable to match what the newly minted Magpies can offer Digne financially.
Sky Sports man delivers big update on West Ham move for France star Lucas Digne
But Sky Sports’s man in the north east, Keith Downie, has delivered a big update on a potential West Ham move for the Everton outcast, suggesting it could be a straight race between the Hammers and Chelsea.
“Newcastle have made a £22.5m bid for Lucas Digne, with Sean Longstaff offered to Everton as part of the deal,” Sky Sports reporter Downie said on Twitter.
“However left-back Digne has indicated he would prefer a move elsewhere, with London duo Chelsea and West Ham interested.”
If Moyes genuinely is interested in Digne, that is potentially huge for West Ham.
With Newcastle out of the running, the Hammers will still have to beat off competition from Chelsea.
But Moyes will have an ace card up his sleeve in that he can offer Digne guaranteed game time whereas Chelsea – when everyone is fit – certainly can’t.
Digne would also join a growing contingent of French and French speaking players at West Ham that includes Zouma, Alphonse Areola, Issa Diop, Said Benrahma and Arthur Masuaku.
If West Ham pay that kind of money for an established, international left-back then it is clear new co-owner Daniel Kretinsky means business.
It would however raise eyebrows given head of recruitment Rob Newman has been brought in to identify talent before they become household names.
But sometimes an opportunity presents itself that is too good to turn down.