Andy Naylor says Brighton have 'rubbished' West Ham inquiry for Leandro Trossard
Brighton have reportedly “rubbished” the mooted approach from West Ham for Leandro Trossard in the last days of the transfer window, says Andy Naylor.
Football Insider reported earlier today that the Hammers had made contact over a shock late move for the Belgian, but the Seagulls have apparently poured cold water over the idea.
David Moyes is still waiting to make his first senior signing during the January window and looked to have turned his attention to the south coast.
The Athletic’s Brighton and Hove Albion correspondent, Naylor wrote on his personal Twitter account: “Reported inquiry by West Ham for Leandro Trossard has been rubbished by Brighton.”
As the hours tick down to the deadline for moves, Irons fans will be getting increasingly edgy as the club still have not brought anybody in to help push for the top four over the last few months of the season.
Moyes has been linked with a striker and a centre-back as priorities, with Team Talk reporting an improved offer going in to Reims for Hugo Ekitike in the last few days, and the Daily Mail reporting that the club had failed in an approach for Marseille’s Duje Caleta-Car.
Wide forwards are not really the priority for reinforcement at the London Stadium, but at this stage it could be as much about the psychological boost of having new options in the squad as much as addressing a specific pressing need.
But Brighton’s international winger is an important player at the AMEX, and Graham Potter will want to keep hold of him.
The manager had been one of the first names to be thrown into the conversation for the Everton job, but the former Swansea boss quickly rejected the idea, talking up the support he receives at his current club (Independent).
Much like the manager, it doesn’t look like there is much prospect of Trossard leaving either, so attentions will have to turn elsewhere once more at the London Stadium.
In other West Ham news, a loan swoop for this PL striker has reportedly cropped up late in the window.