In Focus: Missing out on Boudabouz would be big disappointment for West Ham United

West Ham United could be in danger of missing out on signing Montpellier playmaker Ryad Boudebouz due to Real Betis tabling a bid, according to France Football.

What’s the word?

The Algerian international is said to have attracted interest from numerous clubs this summer.

West Ham have been tracking the midfielder for a while, but it seems that Betis have made the first move.

France Football claims that the Spanish outfit have tabled an offer of £6.2m, which is lower than Montpellier’s valuation of £7.15m to £8.94m.

Bayer Leverkusen are also thought to be interested, while Sampdoria have reportedly been keeping tabs on the player.

What should the Hammers do?

If Montpellier are willing to let Boudebouz leave for less than £10m, then it would be ludicrous for West Ham not to even consider putting in a formal bid.

The former Bastia player has bags of flair and creativity that would be ideal for the East London outfit this season.

Following the acquisitions of Javier Hernandez and Marko Arnautovic, Boudebouz could provide vital service by sitting behind the front man.

Slaven Bilic has had a positive summer in the transfer window, bringing in players well-versed in the Premier League.

So far, the club have recruited Pablo Zabaleta, Joe Hart, Arnautovic and former Manchester United striker Hernandez.

Boudebouz would add extra quality to the mix, and at a bargain price to boot.