It has been very clear in the early days of the transfer window opening that David Moyes feels he needs to bolster West Ham’s back line.
Although the transfer window hasn’t been open for a very long time, it looks like West Ham manager David Moyes is focused on how he wants to start building the squad for next season. The Hammers are linked with many exciting offensive players like Eberechi Eze and Said Benrahma, but the point is that the Irons need to look to consolidate their full-backs if they are to move up the table next season. What better place to look than France?
The Hammers have looked at French football in the transfer market before, signing Issa Diop from Toulouse a few windows ago, a signing that I would say has exceeded expectations. While a lot of the talent in France is top notch and comes at a high price, there is certainly a market for prospects and young French players that I think the Irons should be looking into.
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Malang Sarr – CB – Agent free
Malang Sarr showed flashes of brilliance in his former Nice club in Ligue One. The 21-year-old center-back is good in the air and will have the pace and physique to face the Premier League strikers. The Frenchman left Nice at the end of this season, so many clubs across Europe will be looking to sign Sarr for free. West Ham should definitely sniffle.
Zeki Celik – RB – Lille
Celik is not a very popular and flashy player across France but could play a vital role in any team trying to improve. Celik is a versatile winger who has years of experience in first team football when he was only 23. Celik can defend well and has a wit for the game, and has the quality to gel with any attack he joins.
Christophe Hérelle – CB – Nice
Hérelle is the veteran option among the three players listed at 27, but his experience in first-team football is the reason he could make a great addition to West Ham. After a mixed season in Nice last year, the Hammers should look for depth in the center-back position. Hérelle could immediately fight Fabian Balbuena for the replacement role, and could potentially push into the XI if Diop or Oggy struggled. A backup that Moyes and the board should definitely consider.
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While the transfer window is just beginning, it looks like the Hammers are very keen on strengthening the defensive team. The club appear to be watching the league for most targets, but it would be wise to at least sniff out France and try to find acceptable players and offers for next season.