View: West Ham must sign unhappy Lucas Digne amid defensive crisis
West Ham must sign Lucas Digne amid talks [Mail Online] with the unhappy Everton leftback being a perfect long term solution for David Moyes.
The Frenchman is looking to leave Merseyside after a falling out with Everton manager, Rafa Benitez, as per Sky Sports.
With Everton looking to offload their disgruntled player before the end of the window, the Hammers may be able to swoop in and steal the 28-year-old for a cheaper price.
Everton have valued Digne very expensively at £30million which could be too high for the Hammers if the Blues stand firm with that valuation.
Another financial issue could be Digne’s £100,000 per week wages and if West Ham were to sign him they would have to reconsider their entire wage structure if they were to offer him such ludicrous money [Evening Standard].
West Ham did bend their wage structure with the signing of Kurt Zouma from Chelsea so there is some hope for Hammers.
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Digne is better than the left-back options currently at the club, injured or not at the London Stadium.
The Irons are desperate for cover in the left-back position with Aaron Cresswell set for a lengthy spell on the sidelines and Arthur Masuaku simply not good enough to play for West Ham consistently.
The current falling out with Digne at Everton will be music to the Hammers ears as they will be looking to move the maestro on as soon as possible.
If the Irons play their cards right, they might be able to get Digne at a discounted rate with Everton seeming reluctant to keep paying his wages with him out of the picture at Finch Farm.
Digne is a pricey player but he would be worth every penny. He already has great experience in the Premier League and in England so he should adapt to life in East London very easily.
Despite coming in as a short-term solution to the Hammers’ defensive crisis, Digne could also be a long-term asset at the club.
The former Barcelona star can be a magician on the ball, he has great attacking quality. Something he can utilise when competing with Cresswell to make the position his own.
Moyes will have an eye on Digne’s excellent ability on the ball especially from set-pieces with the Irons already being so successful in that area so far this season.
There has been a lot of talk of Digne being too expensive but if the Irons want to take their performance on the pitch to the next level, they must go for players of this calibre.
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