When you score 15 goals in 28 league appearances, it doesn’t matter who or where you play, people are going to come take a look.
That’s exactly what’s happened with Yoane Wissa, who plays for Lorient in Ligue 2 (they have since been promoted to Ligue 1), and half of England appears to have taken notice.
That last bit might be an over exaggeration, but there’s still a number of Premier League and Championship clubs following his situation closely, as Téléfoot are reporting West Bromwich Albion, Fulham, Watford and Southampton are all ‘following him very closely’.
The 23-year-old has shown a very efficient knack of finding the back of the net from left-wing this season, and it’s no surprise to see teams fighting for promotion, such as the Baggies and the Cottagers, as well as already established top-tier clubs like the Saints and the Hornets, taking notice.
They aren’t the only ones, as Bundesliga sides, such as Augsburg, Mainz and Köln are also there, as the player enters an interesting part of his contract, which expires in 2022.
🚨 INFO TELEFOOT : Yoane Wissa, l’un des meilleurs joueurs de Ligue 2 cette saison, est suivi de près par Augsbourg, Mayence, Cologne, West Bromwich, Fulham, Watford et Southampton. Mais Lorient ne désespère pas de le prolonger
— Téléfoot (@telefoot_TF1) May 4, 2020
He’s at that perfect time where a great profit could be made, having only been bought for around €2m in January 2018, but it’s made clear Lorient ‘aren’t despairing about extending’ his deal.
It would make sense for the club to try and keep hold of their best assets as they enter France’s top-tier, but they’ll also be aware teams like Southampton and Watford are always ready to pay a pretty penny for top French talent.
As for Fulham and West Brom, their projects remain very attractive, but a lot could depend on the FA deciding whether the season will end as it is or will eventually be finished at a later date.
If it’s the former, then the Craven Cottage residents might find themselves struggling to convince a player like Wissa to join them, especially with Premier League clubs circling.
West Brom, on the other hand, would likely be promoted, giving them that extra pull they might need to secure important targets for a season in England’s top division.