Sky Sports have claimed in the last week that West Ham United have held talks with Marseille over the possible signing of midfielder Morgan Sanson.
The French club are willing to let some of their best players go in the summer transfer window having failed to qualify for next season’s Champions League.
And Sanson is included in that bracket but the likes of the Hammers’ Premier League rivals Newcastle United and Wolverhampton Wanderers are also in the hunt, per the original report.
The clear question with this possible deal revolves around why the Hammers would possibly need or want Sanson when they have Manuel Lanzini.
The 24-year-old former French youth international offers a similar sort of thing from central attacking midfield, goals and assists across all competitions and has a very similar style of play.
Today we ask three Football FanCast writers whether West Ham should go for Sanson or not…
“Manuel Lanzini would be in huge danger if Morgan Sanson signed for West Ham. In that case you can make an argument for him being a poor signing but given the Argentine’s woes with injury last term, adding someone of Sanson’s quality would be superb business from the Hammers. If Payet’s move from Marseille is anything to go by, this is a no-brainer.”
“The last time West Ham signed a midfielder from Marseille he turned out to be fantastic. Sanson may not reach the heights Payet did, but he looks to be a quality player. The Hammers need improvement in the middle of the park and the 24-year-old would be a perfect fit.”
“West Ham have had success shopping in Ligue 1 before and this deal will continue that trend. Sanson would be a quality signing and would offer the Lanzini backup that the Hammers so desperately missed last season whilst the Argentine was out injured. At 24 years of age, it could be a great long-term investment.”