Earlier this week, we covered the not-so-surprising revelation from Corriere dello Sport that West Ham had apparently tried to sign Fiorentina striker Khouma Babacar.
At least, they led the Serie A side to believe that, as La Viola were ‘convinced’ they would be getting €15m from the London club for the Senegalese forward, which would allow them to get Lazio’s Filip Djordjevic.
That never happened, which was a nuisance for both clubs, really, as West Ham still have a striker problem and Fiorentina never got their money.
Things could change in January, however, as TuttoMercatoWeb reckon clubs could get Babacar, according to the back of his shirt, for around €10m.
The reason behind this low price is his lack of first-team under Stefano Pioli this season, and the fact he was, up until Federico Chiesa’s recent renewal, the player with the largest salary in the squad.
If Fiorentina were able to rid themselves of his wages, as well as get a bit of money for an exciting youngster who never lived up to his hype, that could go a long way in future transfer windows.
TMW also state Babacar’s reluctance to leave Florence was always an issue, but with his lack of game time becoming a bit of a desperate situation, he might be more open to an exit these days.
There’s a lot of speculation in there, but if David Moyes feels he can get the best out of the 24-year-old, what’s €10m?
After all, it’s not like West Ham are swimming in goals these days, is it?