West Ham United have been linked with a hugely exciting move for Bayern Munich outcast Corentin Tolisso.
West Ham’s lack of options in central midfield has been brutally exposed by the injury to Declan Rice.
The Hammers have sorely missed their midfield enforcer over the last month and it has showed in recent results.
West Ham linked with exciting move for Bayern outcast Tolisso
But according to well-informed Portuguese football journalist Pedro Almeida, David Moyes has a plan to address the issue this summer.
Almeida took to Twitter to claim West Ham want Tolisso – who can also operate in defence.
“West Ham is interested in Corentin Tolisso from Bayern,” Almeida said on Twitter.
Tolisso was expected to step in and fill the boots of Thiago Alcantara after he left Bayern for Liverpool.
Frenchman perfect for Hammers but Moyes must be careful Soucek does not get dragged into any deal
But the 26-year-old Frenchman has played just seven times for Bayern in the Bundesliga this season – all as a substitute.
The France international is out of contract next summer so West Ham may be able to get him for a fair price.
Moyes must tread carefully, though, given Bayern’s reported interest in West Ham star Tomas Soucek.
TEAMtalk claimed earlier this season that Bayern want to sign Soucek.
And the hugely popular Hammers midfielder did not rule out a move when asked about the interest from the German giants by CT Sport.
Getting a France international like Tolisso would be a major coup for West Ham.
Is Tolisso the ‘higher quality of player’ Moyes was referring to?
He has a handy habit of scoring goals too. But his energy in central midfield is just what West Ham need.
It would also free up Soucek more and give Moyes much more flexibility.
Moyes could even play with a formidable three-man midfield of Tolisso, Rice and Soucek.
The link to Tolisso comes in the same week Moyes appeared to change tact on his recruitment policy (Moyes West Ham press conference).
The Scot has made it clear he likes to sign young, hungry players – often from the Championship.
But he admitted last week that he may have to look to higher quality players given West Ham’s rapid progress this season – particularly if they finish in a European spot.