West Ham have approached Brighton with an enquiry about midfielder Yves Bissouma ahead of the summer transfer window, according to the Sunday People.
The newspaper reports in their print edition [May 2] that while Arsenal are in pole position to sign the 24-year-old Mali international, West Ham, Everton and Tottenham have also been in touch about a potential deal.
It is understood Arsenal are “confident” of signing Bissouma for £30million with Mikel Arteta a “huger admirer” of the box-to-box midfielder.
Do we need him?
West Ham definitely need to sign a new central midfielder in the summer. However, do they need someone who’s going to start every week?
Declan Rice and Tomas Soucek have been superb in the middle of the park this season so there’s no need to replace either of them.
If Brighton want £30million for Bissouma, is he really worth signing when he’s just going to be a back-up option behind those two?
Of course, if he was at the club right now he’d be starting as Rice is injured but would Bissouma want to join the Irons when he knows he wouldn’t be playing as much as he would elsewhere?
It’s unlikely and it’s also unlikely that David Gold and David Sullivan would sanction a £30million move for someone who’s not going to be straight into the starting line-up.
Bissouma’s had a great season at Brighton.
Last month, Jamie Carragher waxed lyrical about the midfielder on Sky Sports’ Monday Night Football after a man-of-the-match display against Everton.
As quoted by Football365, Carragher said: “The biggest talking point from the game was Bissouma, who was man of the match and the best player by a mile on the pitch.
“He really does look like a top-quality player. He was excellent at Old Trafford for Brighton and he just looked head and shoulders above everyone on the pitch [against Everton].
“He’s been someone a lot of teams have talked about or looked at. I don’t think teams will be looking at him, I think they will be bidding for him at the end of the season.
“I know Brighton fans will be watching and saying, ‘why are you trying to sell one of our players?’
“He’s got a couple of years to go [on his contract]. You’re at that stage where you either sign a new contract or Brighton get top dollar for him, and I think you would get top dollar for him, that is the model.”
We’d like Bissouma but the bulk of David Moyes’ transfer budget needs to be spent on a centre-forward and not another central midfielder.
In other West Ham news, the Irons have made contact over a deal to sign this Southampton player.