Date: 11th May 2019 at 7:30am
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OPINION

With the transfer window round the corner West Ham will be looking to secure some top talent – but who should they be looking at?

A new midfielder is an absolute must after the struggles suffered this season and it should therefore come as no surprise to see the Irons linked with a summer move for French international Yann M’Vila in April by L’Equipe, as quoted by Get French Football News on Twitter.

Now M’Vila has told current club Saint Etienne he will leave in the summer should their current manager Jean-Louis Gasset is allowed to leave – and the Hammers must be over the moon.

The 28-year-old has been ever present in Ligue 1 this season making 34 appearances after joining at the beginning of 2018 from Rubin Kazan, and he told FootMercato: “People can not I do not know, but a lot of things are going on internally, which I might not find with a new coach. He’s the one who brought me here. If he is brought to leave, I think I will leave too.”

If the links are true surrounding West Ham’s interest in Yann M’Vila then this will come as great news for all involved at the club.

Should the French international want to leave in the summer then the price could significantly drop for the 28-year-old who could force his way out of the club if his current coach is relieved of his duties.

The Saint Etienne defensive minded midfielder already has Premier League experience to call upon as well, when he made 37  league appearances for Sunderland in a loan spell from Rubin Kazan.

M’Vila has great passing ability and likes to control games from a deeper holding position in his team’s midfield and as well as top flight experience, he has also made 22 appearances for his country.

That international experience could help those around him should Manuel Pellegrini manage to secure his services in the summer – which looks a lot more likely now.