According to The Mirror, West Ham United are interested in signing Arsenal midfielder Francis Coquelin during the January transfer window.
Coquelin, 26, was not included in the Arsenal squad for Sunday’s FA Cup clash with Nottingham Forest amid suggestions that the Frenchman was close to leaving the club.
A number of Ligue 1 clubs are said to be interested in the defensive midfielder, but West Ham are now strongly being linked with a move.
Coquelin, who is valued at £10.8m by transfermarkt.co.uk, has made over 100 Premier League appearances for Arsenal since breaking into the first team, and he appeared on 39 occasions for the Gunners last season.
The former France Under-21 international has struggled to win a regular spot under Arsene Wenger this term, however, and is believed to be on the way out during the winter window.
To suggest that the Arsenal fans welcomed the news would be putting it mildly, with many revealing their delight that Coquelin could soon be seeking pastures new.
— afcstuff (@afcstuff) January 8, 2018
sell him immediately
— P (@puputrbc) January 8, 2018
No need to sell just give him away for free infact even pay West ham if you have to
— Kariuki Allen (@KariukiAllen) January 8, 2018
He is so average
— Last Chance Wenger (@Whomaidu) January 8, 2018
Best news so far today
— Str8 out the cannon (@str8sport) January 8, 2018
— dean young (@deanoyoung81) January 8, 2018
Sooner the better
— King_Khuz (@bigshumba) January 8, 2018
For the price i wouldn’t mid selling him, his only a bench player who can be replaced #arsenal
— ArsenalDebate (@FootballBullen) January 8, 2018
— Mr Mugi ? (@BMugi95) January 8, 2018
make it quick
— Affy_Fudeen (@affy_fudene) January 8, 2018
shame I can only like this tweet once
— James (@CooKieeJL) January 8, 2018