Transfer Opinion: West Ham must move for €14m-rated French teen

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The summer transfer window is already open, and David Moyes has little time to reflect upon West Ham’s survival before the next campaign begins again on September 12. January loan signing, Tomas Soucek’s deal has been made permanent for £19.1m, making him the first arrival at the London Stadium this window.

However, Moyes will likely be hoping to bring more names through the door to improve the Irons’ squad further and one man who’s been linked with a switch, as per the TopGirondins radio show, to East London is Yacine Adli. The French teenager has been growing his reputation in Ligue 1 after a promising season with Bordeaux, which saw them finish 12th when the division was stopped prematurely.

The 19-year-old former PSG player has already featured in three separate French top-flight seasons, but this term he displayed tremendous promise by scoring and assisting three goals in Ligue 1. Only Nicolas de Preville provided more assists for Bordeaux this term, four, than the teenager, while Adli also registered two man of the match performances.

For the Girondins, in the 2019/20 season, Adli predominantly featured as an attacking midfielder, starting there on ten occasions, while also featuring ten times as a substitute. He has been particularly effective operating behind a striker, scoring all of his goals and playing two of his assists to earn a particularly impressive average match rating of 7.13.

Furthermore, the Frenchman has displayed some tremendous creative promise by playing an average of 25.1 passes per match, with an 83.1 per cent pass accuracy. Additional signs that the playmaker would create opportunities for the West Ham frontline are that he has played an average of 0.9 key passes per match.

At international youth level for France Adli has been prolific, representing his country at every age group from U16 to U20 and he already has scored one goal in four appearances for Les Blues’ U20 side.

The midfielder cost Bordeaux £4.95m, but it has been suggested that Leicester City, who may reportedly rival West Ham for his signature, are preparing a bid of €14m if James Maddison was to depart.

Adli is an incredibly bright prospect, who may not be able to slot into the Hammers’ starting eleven immediately. Still, he would be an excellent option to provide further squad depth. The 19-year-old’s potential is not yet in sign, and he could develop into a frightening prospect at the London Stadium.

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