By George Overhill

25th Jan, 2023 | 11:10am

Terem Moffi saga takes dramatic turns after £25million West Ham United bid, Bamba Dieng involved

The “crazy Terem Moffi saga” has taken new turns with Marseille and Nice now fighting to sign the West Ham target, according to Ryan Taylor.

The Hammers have been chasing a second striker in the transfer window even before new signing Danny Ings was ruled out with injury, and have offered as much as £25million to Lorient for the Nigerian.

But it appears top officials from the two French sides have been jetting in and out to try to secure the deal, while Bamba Dieng has also been on the move, arriving for a medical to replace Moffi at Lorient.

Reporting on Twitter in the early hours of Wednesday morning (25 January) Express journalist Taylor wrote: “More detail on crazy Terem Moffi saga. Marseille president Pablo Longoria was in Brittany on Tuesday (since left) to try & convince Nigerian striker to sign.

“Also understand Nice sporting director Florent Ghisolfi has flown to Lorient for face-to-face talks to try close deal.

“This is going to continue throughout the night. West Ham offered £25m (£20m plus £5m in add-ons) but Marseille & Nice now going head-to-head for his signature.

“Bamba Dieng landed in Brittany three hours ago ahead of Lorient medical.”

Drama

As the final days of the transfer window tick down it looks like things are getting suitably desperate around Moffi, and West Ham are probably best out of it and looking elsewhere if they want a chance of a sensible deal.

Dieng infamously backed out of a move to Leeds United on the previous deadline day (1 September) in favour of a move to Nice, before failing his medical and returning to Marseille, so his presence along with both of those clubs in this equation is a good signifier that anything could happen and it would be wise to steer clear.

Ings’ £15million arrival from Aston Villa was hoped to spark a flagging Irons attack and help lift them out of the relegation battle.

While a valuable 2-0 win over fellow strugglers Everton was secured at the weekend (21 January), the new man picked up a “minor knee injury” and is set for a “short spell” on the sidelines [Guardian, 23 January].

Even if it is short, with Gianluca Scamacca also currently out, it looks highly unlike that an exit will now be sanctioned for Michail Antonio unless the club can source another striker before the end of the window, and even then it would be a risk.

Transfer dealings and injuries have been the name of the game at the London Stadium this season and David Moyes has struggled to cope, leaving the club miles off where they expected to be at this point of the campaign.