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West Ham United are eyeing a move for AS Monaco defender Djibril Sidibe this summer, per RMC Sport journalist Mohamed Bouhafsi.
#West Ham et #Newcastle ont démarré des discussions avec l’AS Monaco pour #Sidibe ! D’autres clubs anglais ont sollicité l’AS Monaco pour l’international français ! Monaco lui a donné un bon de sortie.
— Mohamed Bouhafsi (@mohamedbouhafsi) July 23, 2019
Sidibe seems to be nearing a departure from the Ligue 1 club in this transfer window, with the Hammers and Newcastle United both in talks over a potential deal.
The France international, who has won 18 caps for his country, has made over 110 appearances for Monaco.
In 2018/19, he endured an injury-hit campaign but still made a total of 32 appearances in all competitions.
The report claims that West Ham and Newcastle are not alone in chasing Sidibe, with other English clubs also enquiring.
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West Ham don’t need a right-back.
They currently have Ryan Fredericks and Pablo Zabaleta in the position, while Michail Antonio offers the versatility to play as a wing-back if Manuel Pellegrini decides to opt for such a formation.
The Irons really need depth in midfield, particularly with Manuel Pellegrini confirming that Pedro Obiang is nearing a departure from the club.
With him gone, they would be left with just Mark Noble, Declan Rice, Jack Wilshere and Carlos Sanchez in the role.
Buying a right-back does absolutely nothing to solve that issue.