French outlet But! this week features a piece telling ‘the truth’ about the situation of Lille striker Jonathan David.

Their report claims that even though the Ligue 1 side would like to keep the player this summer, it’s ‘too early’ to assure that, since convincing offers should arrive for him soon.

Two of the clubs who are expected to go for the signing are Aston Villa and West Ham, who stand out in a long list of pretenders.

But! writes that Villa and the Hammers are ‘particularly likely’ to arrive ‘with a big cheque’ to land the 22-year-old.

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What Aston Villa and West Ham should be aware of is that David may end up preferring other destinations, because according to the story, he seems to be ‘waiting for a more upscale squad’.

So with the likes of Inter Milan, Milan, Borussia Dortmund, Liverpool, Arsenal and Paris Saint Germain all showing interest in his signing, convincing arguments will be needed to win the race for him.

The story claims Lille are set to demand €50m for his sale. That’s a big price, and that’s why ‘it will be difficult to find a buyer’. So now we wait and see if Aston Villa and West Ham’s offers will get close to that.