Following the news that West Ham were interested in Steven Nzonzi, it’s pretty clear David Moyes would like a new defensive midfielder during the January transfer window.
There’s been a few conflicting reports as to how advanced that particular deal is, but it appears the Hammers are covering their backs just in case it falls through.
That’s what France Football are suggesting on Wednesday afternoon, as they report West Ham ‘very interested’ in Nantes’ Abdoulaye Traoré.
The French magazine say the 25-year-old is reminiscent of Cheikhou Kouyaté, who enjoyed four good years with the London club before heading to Crystal Palace, and ‘concrete intentions’ exist to bring the Ligue 1 midfielder to the Premier League.
However, this will come at a price, as France Football believe Nantes would want around €15m for their player, while West Ham would prefer a loan with a view to buy.
The other option for midfield is Marseille’s Morgan Sanson, but it’s pointed out the player isn’t keen on leaving the south of France after a rather solid first half of the season under André Villas-Boas.
It therefore seems it’s between Nzonzi or Traoré at this moment in time.