By George Overhill

3rd Jul, 2022 | 8:10am

West Ham United face Crystal Palace in battle for Dwight McNeil but face price issue

West Ham are only willing to pay £10million to sign Dwight McNeil with Burnley set to demand more, according to Alan Nixon.

Crystal Palace boss Patrick Vieira is also reportedly “keen” on the 22-year-old but is thought to also want to pay a similar price.

The winger could be available after the Clarets were relegated from the Premier League and Vincent Kompany was brought in as manager.

It was reported by 90min on 16 June that the Hammers were one of a number of clubs to have asked at Turf Moor about the young wide man, with wide Premier League interest.

Lancs Live suggested just two days later that despite him being tied down to a long-term deal the club may be willing to part with him if an offer of £15million or above came in.

However, the latest report from Nixon in The Sun suggests the interested parties may have been whittled down to just the two London rivals who aren’t willing to go that high.

Bargain

There comes a point where a price just needs paying and it looks like this is one of those, especially with ExWHUemployee reporting on Patreon (29 June) that the Irons are due for talks with Burnley over Josh Brownhill which would be the ideal time to tie up a good value deal.

If David Moyes is interested in McNeil then £5million difference is not worth missing out on him for considering he wouldn’t be available for anywhere near that price had they not gone down.

With interest in Maxwel Cornet as well it is possible that a multi-buy of the three Clarets could result in a reduction, but the Ivorian has a £17.5million release clause and plenty of interested parties.

If an agreement can be reached on Brownhill then surely one can be worked out for McNeil though, even if there is more of a pressing need for the former than the latter in the squad at present.

But with Saed Benrahma available for sale, and Nikola Vlasic free to leave if a new man can be brought in, Moyes is clearly looking to overhaul his options at the position.

Keane Lewis-Potter looked to be a primary option for that area but Brentford appear to be in the driving seat for the Hull man now.

West Ham “admire” McNeil and he is available for a reasonably low price, so it looks like an obvious next step to take.