Date: 19th June 2019 at 2:45pm
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West Ham are not on the verge of signing Marseille midfielder Morgan Sanson, according to reliable source ExWHUemployee. 

The Frenchman has been linked with a move to east London in recent weeks, with French outlet Foot Sur 7 claiming that a deal is “imminent”, but the respected in-the-know account has denied that any deal for the 24-year-old is close.

Writing on Twitter, when asked if the suggestion that Sanson’s arrival was “imminent” is true, they said: “It’s not”.

OPINION

This is a bit of blow for West Ham, but one that shouldn’t make fans too glum. Aside from anything else, they already have their creative midfield addition this window after snapping up Pablo Fornals from Villarreal last week. Realistically, while the Hammers clearly have money to spend, they do not have unlimited resources, and if the choice was a direct one between another player for a crowded midfield or a new striker, say, then it is obvious where that money would be better allocated. That’s not to say that Sanson wouldn’t be a good signing, but given the current situation with Manuel Pellegrini’s playing staff, it would feel like an unnecessary expense when other priorities should be met first. It’s important to note that ExWHUemployee doesn’t rule out a move altogether, but his frank response to the enquiry would suggest that the chances of a deal going through this summer are relatively slim.