By George Overhill

29th May, 2022 | 11:40am

Brighton star Yves Bissouma looks like he wants West Ham United move

West Ham target Yves Bissouma appears to have made a very modern “come and get me” plea to the club on his Instagram page.

The Times reported this month that the Malian international had handed in a transfer request, but linked the move to interest from Premier League heavyweights Liverpool, Manchester City and Arsenal.

Earlier this week (24 May) 90min then added big-spending Aston Villa to the mix for a £30million deal and only mentioned the Hammers in passing, but it looks like the London Stadium might be the player’s preferred destination.

As well as removing all Seagulls-related evidence from the social media the Brighton midfielder has added a Hammers sign to his bio.

That would appear to be a clear sign that he wants a move to east London, or may even have one in the works.

Long gone are the days where the only way for a player to get his side of the story out was for their agent to start ringing up the tabloids to spread their perspective.

That still happens of course but with players’ accounts so popular among fans, they only need leave a cryptic sign like this.


Unless he happens to have a connection to another club with a similar nickname, or has family that works in a foundry, it is hard to see what other conclusion can be drawn.

Clearly it is not explicit enough for it to be 100% conclusive, giving him the option to deny it should a move to the club not come about, but in the modern age of individual players broadcasting their views it seems to speak volumes.

From a playing point of view he would certainly be a welcome addition to the Irons midfield and could form a formidable partnership with Declan Rice.

WIth Mark Noble’s retirement there is little outside of Rice and Tomas Soucek for David Moyes to turn to in a squad that badly needs more numbers.

There should be some concern however that the 25-year-old was arrested last October on suspicion of sexual assault, and while he has continued to play this season the outcome of the police investigation is still yet to be learned (Times).

Spending big money with the matter still unresolved would be a risk and would surely send the wrong message, although such issues rarely seem to come into clubs’ thinking without external pressure.

He has made 124 appearances on the south coast since his 2018 move from Lille and is a proven Premier League operator who by the looks of things may be set to join the club.

In other West Ham news, the club has a solid back up target if the push for the man they want is unsuccessful.

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