West Ham United are interested in a summer move for Marseille midfielder Morgan Sanson, according to La Provence.
The French outlet claims that scouts from Great Britain have been observing the 24-year-old for some time, but that the Hammers are the most intrigued by him.
He is currently said to be valued at around £21million, and there are thought to be serious doubts that he will be present for new manager Andre Villas-Boas’s first training session in three weeks.
This isn’t the first Marseille midfielder West Ham have been linked with this summer, with Sky Sports reporting in May that they had been offered Sanson’s teammate Kevin Strootman.
This is a bit of an interesting one, isn’t it? Strootman has seemingly already been offered to the Hammers and was knocked back, so perhaps the Hammers simply had their eye on Sanson all along. You can see why, too. He is an experienced Ligue 1 midfielder who has given a good account of himself for both Marseille and his previous team Montpellier. At just 24 years of age he’s clearly got plenty left in the tank, too, and is only going to get better in the years to come. It sounds as if there is going to be a fair bit of competition for him, although West Ham are the only team actually named in the above report. That would indicate that they have the advantage here, and they certainly need some help in the middle of the park. Manuel Pellegrini isn’t overly blessed with options in that area of the pitch at the moment, so Sanson would be a nice little addition if the Hammers can bring him in.