Although West Ham United have made some fine signings of some top players over the years, they don’t usually shop at the top shelf.

Players of the quality of Dimitri Payet, Marko Arnautovic and Pablo Fornals are generally the exception rather than the rule.

It’s typically more solid but unspectacular recruits like Ryan Fredericks, Fabian Balbuena and Darren Randolph.

So when the Irons are touted for elite players, or players attracting the attention of top clubs, it’s usually greeted with a roll of the eyes.

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So when Sky Sports News reported last week that the Hammers have been watching Lyon striker Moussa Dembele, it garnered the typical response.

That’s because Manchester City have been doing the same thing, while Chelsea were said to have been willing to spend £40million on him not long ago.

The Ligue 1 club’s president Jean-Michel Aulas is thought to want £83million for the former Celtic man, although he’ll likely have to accept a fair bit less than that.

However, any hope that West Ham ever had of signing Dembele probably ended when he left Parkhead and started banging them in for Lyon.

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If David Sullivan is still considering getting involved in the race for the 23-year-old’s signature then he needs to think again.

There’s no way that the Irons are going to sign Dembele ahead of clubs like Chelsea and City.

He’s not going to want to go to the London Stadium, he’ll be targeting Champions League football instead.

He’s got 20 goals this season, and 40 in 84 for Lyon all told. That’s form that gets you a move to a title-chasing team, not one battling against relegation.

In other West Ham news, a former England international has claimed that one Hammer will be thinking ‘what am I doing here?’

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