In dire lack of creativity despite having Dimitri Payet, Slaven Bilic’s West Ham are keeping an eye on players capable of both scoring goals as well as creating them.
Scoring in Montpellier’s surprise 3-0 dismantling of Paris Saint-Germain, Ryad Boudebouz was the target of scouts from three Premier League clubs on Saturday, including Tony Pulis’ West Brom and Claude Puel’s Southampton.
According to Le Buteur in Algeria, the English trio travelled to watch the playmaker, who has recaptured some of the form that made him a household Ligue 1 name a few years ago with Sochaux.
With seven goals and two assists in 15 Ligue 1 appearances so far this season, Boudebouz is certainly a player who could be looking at a transfer to the Premier League in the coming months, but Le Buteur explain a transfer to either the London Stadium, the Hawthorns or St Mary’s is unlikely in the winter.
Montpellier’s director of football has made it clear the 26-year-old is expected to stay for the remainder of the season, with a transfer in the summer far more likely.
However, if an offer came in that was too big to pass up, we all know that money talks.
Claude Puel is said to be following the Algeria international’s season very closely, and with both West Ham and West Brom also in the mix, who knows what could happen this winter?