West Ham should hijack Tottenham target Bissouma

According to reports, Tottenham are tracking 21 year-old midfielder Yves Bissouma, but Manuel Pellegrini should steal the young midfielder for West Ham.

What’s the word?

Sky Sports claim both Everton and Tottenham are lining up a summer swoop for Yves Bissouma, with the young international also attracting interest from multiple European clubs.

Mauricio Pochettino is searching for a long-term replacement for Mousa Dembele, with the Belgian’s future in North London still uncertain heading into the World Cup.

The report from Sky Sports claims Spurs are also tracking Watford’s Abdoulaye Doucoure, Red Bull Salzburg’s Amadou Haidara and Inter Milan’s Geoffrey Kondogbia. However, it’s further added that no transfer plans can be finalised until Pochettino has held talks with the north London club’s chairman, Daniel Levy.

Although a central midfielder is reported to be one of Tottenham’s transfer priorities, that hesitance – which appears to have been generated by Pochettino’s doubtful remarks over his future on the final day of the season – could give West Ham a way in.

The east Londoners have not expressed an interest in the midfielder, but with Lille looking more and more likely to sell the youngster, who looks tailor-made for Premier League football, the Hammers would be foolish not to join the race.

Noble’s replacement?

Manuel Pellegrini was unveiled as the new West Ham manager on Tuesday, and one of the first things he said was he wants to bring “four of five” new players in.

These four or five additions will almost certainly be down the spine of the team, with the Hammers quite simply missing a backbone at the moment.

Bissouma is a wiry, tough midfielder, who excels at reading the game and breaking up opposition attacks before they even begin.

The 21 year-old played 24 times in Ligue 1 for Lille this season, averaging 2.8 tackles and 1.3 interceptions per game.

The Mali international is also impressive with the ball at his feet, completing over two successful dribbles per game this season.

The Hammers are desperate for someone who can link defence and attack, all the while possessing the energy and desire to dominate the midfield, and Bissouma could be the long-term upgrade on the ageing Mark Noble.

Pellegrini would have his work cut out for him convincing the youngster to ditch Champions League bound Tottenham, but the promise of a starting role could just do it.

So, West Ham fans, would you like to see a summer swoop for Bissouma? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below…