The closer we get to the transfer window, the more the French media push Morgan Sanson towards the exit door at Marseille.

With a need to recoup around €60m this summer, the Ligue 1 side will have to sell some of their first-team players, and the midfielder is looking likelier and likelier to becoming one of the expendables in the coming months.

It’s not that Sanson particularly wants to leave, especially with the prospect of playing Champions League football next year after Marseille finished second in the league, but he might end up being forced to do so, with West Ham and Crystal Palace potential landing spots as France Football seem certain both the Hammers and the Eagles will come sniffing once the player goes on the market.

The magazine remind their readers that Sanson was close to a move to London Stadium last summer before a mix up with intermediaries made it all collapse, but West Ham should come back and ‘be alert’ in the next few months.

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As for Crystal Palace, they are expected to join their Premier League competition, even if neither can offer the 25-year-old the European football he would be getting by dragging his heels and staying put.

Furthermore, this isn’t the first time France Football have pushed the interest of both clubs for the former Montpellier star, doing so back in mid-March.

We’ll have to wait and see on this one, because last time West Ham were linked, around January, Sanson said he ‘laughed’ at the speculation.

Not the greatest endorsement, is it?