According to a report from France Football, West Ham are interested in signing Nantes midfielder Abdoulaye Toure this month, and some Hammers fans took to Twitter in reaction to the speculation.
The Hammers are really lacking a certain kind of physical presence in the middle of the park at the moment. And their ability to address that issue between now and the end of the month could be the difference between relegation and survival this season.
France Football claims that West Ham want to sign Toure on loan with an option to buy. Nantes would prefer to sell the Frenchman for around £12.7 million, however.
And the Hammers should surely just pay up. The Nantes ace would certainly bring that physical presence that the east London outfit so desperately crave.
Standing at 6ft 2in tall and powerfully built, the 25-year-old is an imposing figure.
Toure is also someone who really puts himself about defensively. According to Who Scored, the Nantes midfielder has averaged 1.3 tackles, 1.1 interceptions, 0.6 clearances and 0.3 blocks per game in 19 league outings this season. He has also won 1.7 aerial duals on average per game.
His distribution is solid too, with an impressive pass completion rate of 85.4 per cent (Who Scored).
He does seem to be exactly the kind of player who the Hammers need.
And some West Ham fans took to Twitter in reaction to the reports claiming that David Moyes wants the Frenchman at the London Stadium…
£12.5m? Don’t even think about a loan deal, just pay it and get him in now!
— DarkRoy (@RoyDarkie) January 24, 2020
Seems like the exact type of player that we need in the middle of the park. £12.5m is peanuts in today’s market too. https://t.co/SZBjBQkwI1
— West Ham Fan Zone (@WHUFCFZ) January 24, 2020
He would be one if the better options that we are linked with & is actually possible.They aren’t going to give a loan tho.
I’m hearing we’ve reached an agreement with Nzonzi
— Joshua (@SchroerJr) January 22, 2020
At least we are trying something different for a change…
— Brad Palmer (@Mr_BA6) January 22, 2020
I understand the ideas behind a loan but take a punt ffs,#GSB are bleeding us dry!
— Bob Rogue (@BogueRob) January 22, 2020
Can he run fast up & down for 90mins- if so buy him! We need some athletes
— DJ STRETCH TAYLOR (@DJSTRETCHTAYLOR) January 23, 2020
Good player as well so of course we’re going for a loan, no doubt we’ll end up panic-buying Allen for 15m on deadline day
— James Gunn (@jamesgunn_) January 22, 2020
this fella is the real deal, get it done sully
— Stephen George Lott (@stephenlott) January 24, 2020
Looks like exactly what we need …
— Howard Wright (@HowardW31594569) January 24, 2020
Get him in we lack a physical midfielder since kouyate left
— will earle (@willearle_) January 24, 2020
Just pay the money now for a change please FFS!
— Tony Adams (@tadams1967) January 24, 2020
Just do it West Ham
— richard (@richardduffin1) January 24, 2020
could do with more power in the centre, seems a good price for a 25 year old. we all know what will happen tho..
— Joel Summers (@joel_summers01) January 24, 2020
— Jack Hobbs (@JackHob88613235) January 24, 2020