West Ham are closely following the progress of Le Havre midfielder Pape Gueye ahead of a potential summer move according to L’Equipe.
The French publication claim on their website that alongside the Irons the 20-year-old central enforcer has also attracted interest from Ligue 1 and fellow Premier League clubs in Watford and Leicester.
The youngster has enjoyed a great end to the season in Ligue 2 after struggling for game time at the beginning of the campaign, with plenty of game time for his side.
The French youth International has a contract until 2020 with his current club, Le Havre said to be keen to extend that deal beyond next season.
This will be a underwhelming transfer link for West Ham fans. Although Gueye is a Under-19s international for France he has only played 10 times for his club and has gained admirers quickly in that spell. That may be a concern due to his lack of experience but the fact that West Ham are joined by fellow Premier League clubs alongside teams from Ligue 1 will definitely show he has great potential. At 6’1″, the defensive minded midfielder would be a great presence in any midfield and it is an area which the Hammers need to strengthen with players such as Carlos Sanchez and Pedro Obiang likely to leave in the summer and the reported interest in Declan Rice getting stronger by the day, Pellegrini would be down to the bare minimum in midfield. Gueye himself could very well be tempted to leave in the summer with his side, Le Havre destined for another year in the second tier and with the number of options available to the youngster, West Ham will need to act quickly.