The newspaper report that the Chilean is considering a bid of around £18million for the 21-year-old winger, who scored five goals and provided nine assists in all competitions in 2017/18.
The Sun claim that Pellegrini is eyeing up Saint-Maximin with Manuel Lanzini facing months on the sidelines in a massive injury blow, while moves for Javier Pastore and Felipe Anderson are looking tough amid massive financial demands.
Good move for West Ham?
Saint-Maximin is one of France’s up-and-coming young stars, and the winger has impressed during his first season at Nice following a £9million move from Monaco a year ago.
The 21-year-old offers blistering pace on the wings, with his skilful dribbling being his main asset going forward, but the starlet is also showing some big improvements in other areas.
An £18million deal looks good value for money, especially considering the club’s other options, and Pellegrini would do well to push this one through for the Hammers.
Forever West Ham rating: 8/10
Likely to happen?
It looks as though West Ham’s interest in the France youth international is still in it’s early stages, with Pellegrini just weighing up a bid at this point.
If that interest is firmed up in the coming days with a bid tabled, then there is no reason to think that the Hammers could not get this one wrapped up pretty quickly.
Forever West Ham rating: 3/10