By Mark Smith

2nd Feb, 2020 | 12:00pm

Report: Moyes set for scouting mission as West Ham keep tabs on potential £16m summer deal

West Ham United are still keen on signing Barcelona defender Moussa Wague, according to the Sun.

The newspaper has claimed on their website that despite the Hammers missing out on a loan deal in January, they are keeping tabs on the 21-year-old over a potential summer move.

According to the report, David Moyes is set to jet out on scouting missions to France, where Wague is currently plying his trade on loan at Ligue 1 club Nice.

It is suggested that the Spanish giants could sell Wague in the summer for a fee of around £16million – with the Irons missing out last month.

The Sun has reported that Moyes has been reassured by David Gold and David Sullivan that there will be money made available in the summer for him to target young and upcoming talents – even if they were relegated from the Premier League.

Saturday’s collapse in the 3-3 draw against Brighton at the London Stadium meant that West Ham currently sit inside the relegation zone, one point behind Aston Villa.

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Right-back has been a real problem area for both Moyes and Manuel Pellegrini this season. Ryan Fredericks has struggled with inconsistencies as well as injuries, whereas Pablo Zabaleta has proved he is simply not good enough.

The South American veteran has also confirmed that this year will be his last season in the Premier League – something that will potentially leave a gap for the impressive Wague to fill in the next campaign.

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