West Ham United are reportedly in ‘advanced negotiations’ to sign Celtic star Olivier Ntcham.
According to Foot Mercato in France, the 23-year-old midfielder is wanted at West Ham by David Moyes.
West Ham have signed backup goalkeeper Darren Randolph and added Czech midfielder Tomas Soucek on Wednesday (whufc.com).
West Ham in ‘advanced negotiations’ for Celtic star
But Moyes is keen to add more to his squad as he bids to save West Ham from relegation for a second time.
Celtic signed Ntcham from Manchester City and he has gone on to play 111 games for the Bhoys over three seasons.
Ntcham has scored 19 goals in that time from midfield.
Foot Mercato claims Moyes has a back-up plan should the move for Ntcham not materialise.
The report claims the Scot is hedging his bets by simultaneously bidding for another midfielder, Pape Cheikh Diop.
Hammers boss has back-up plan
“The London club is also in talks with Pape Cheikh Diop, 22, who is on loan this season from Olympique Lyonnais to Celta de Vigo,” Foot Mercato states.
It is easy to understand why Moyes is so keen to strengthen in midfield.
There is an over-reliance on ever-present Declan Rice and ageing captain Mark Noble.
Beyond that West Ham only have the hapless Carlos Sanchez, who – according to Football Insider – the Hammers are actively trying to offload this month.
Soucek first of much-needed midfield arrivals?
West Ham have suddenly sprung into life in the transfer window this week.
In truth Moyes needed the recruits sooner as West Ham slip ever closer to the bottom three.
Only goal difference keeps the East Londoners out of the relegation zone ahead of the game against Liverpool.
Fans will be hoping the likes of Soucek and any other arrivals hit the ground running to secure the five or six wins needed to keep West Ham up this season.