By Sam Stone

16th Dec, 2022 | 8:08am

West Ham United keen on Sofyan Amrabat as Emmanuel Macron hails Morocco star

West Ham United are keeping an eye on Sofyan Amrabat after the 26-year-old midfielder shone for Morocco during their run to the World Cup semi-final, according to the Daily Mail.

Tottenham tried to sign the combative midfielder in the summer of 2022 but talks failed to progress with Fiorentina (Daily Mail, 16 December, page 76).

The 26-year-old’s “high class” performances in Qatar has seen a list of suitors grow with Chelsea, Liverpool, Newcastle and Atletico Madrid all joining the Hammers in keeping an eye on his situation at the Serie A club.

Amrabat has 18 months left on his current deal at Fiorentina, however, the Italian side do hold the option to extend it by a further year.


Amrabat has shown his ability to mix in with some of the best in the World, with very few midfielders able to compete physically with the Moroccan. His tireless displays have earnt him plenty of plaudits, and his future will certainly be a talking point in January.

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Football London reported (14 December) that Declan Rice is still Chelsea’s number on target and the West London club are expected to move for the 23-year-old in the summer. If Rice does depart then David Moyes’ midfield options begin to look extremely thin.

The Moroccan certainly comes in a similar mould to Rice and would be a like-for-like replacement for the West Ham captain. Potentially a younger midfield player coming through the door at the London Stadium could also be on the cards, with Moyes needing to look longer-term when it comes to replacing the 23-year-old.

Nonetheless, it’s good to see the Irons linked with a player of Amrabat’s quality regardless of the competition for his signature.