An end to the Terem Moffi saga is in sight for West Ham with an ace card pulled as the race for the striker enters the final week of the window.

With one week of the January transfer window to go – and Danny Ings joining Gianluca Scamacca on the sidelines – West Ham cannot afford to put all their eggs in one basket in what remains of the winter market.

David Moyes must add more goal threat to this team while he has the chance. Because make no mistake one win over a poor Everton side does not mean West Ham are out of the woods by any stretch of the imagination.

One player who has been heavily linked with a move to the London Stadium is pacy Lorient forward Moffi.

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After some promising noise surrounding that potential deal over the weekend, there was a major development in West Ham’s hopes of signing the Nigerian last night.

It emerged via L’Équipe that Marseille are now rivalling West Ham for Moffi and are already working on a deal with Lorient and the player’s entourage.

Worse still for West Ham, L’Équipe doubled down on previous claims from the likes of France Ouest that Moffi’s preference is to remain in France rather than move to England.

The news came as a blow after French publication Mercato Plein reported over the weekend that a deal had been done between Lorient and West Ham at €24 million (£21 million).

That followed claims from journalist Alan Nixon that West Ham’s reported £20m plus move for Moffi was now ‘all down to wages’.

Now an end to the Moffi saga is in sight for West Ham with an ace card pulled as the race for the striker enters the final week.

According to Foot Mercato overnight, Marseille has not only made an oral offer to club president Loïc Fery, but after discussions with Emeka Obasi, the agent of the Lorient striker, they have also made an oral offer to the player.

The report again claims Moffi wants to stay in France.

And Marseille have pulled an ace card from the pack in a bid to trump West Ham.

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Because OM are offering former West Ham striker target Bamba Dieng to Lorient in exchange (Foot Mercato). Having sold Dango Ouattara to Bournemouth, losing Moffi would leave the Ligue 1 side short.

So Marseille offering money and a replacement forward in the shape of Dieng could prove fatal to West Ham’s dwindling hopes.

The odds seem increasingly stacked against West Ham on the Moffi deal. So Moyes and the board simply must move on to other targets with one week to go until the window slams shut.

Thankfully, according to a report from a West Ham ITK, that’s what the club are doing behind the scenes with ‘multiple active bids’ in for targets.

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