West Ham have reportedly been ruled out of the race for Barcelona centre-back Clement Lenglet, despite the Frenchman being available on a loan deal that would surely benefit David Moyes.
According to Spanish news outlet Sport, the Hammers and Everton were two teams who had previously been linked with the former Sevilla man, but it is claimed that he isn’t appealed by either side.
The Catalan side are desperate to raise funds by selling high earners at the Nou Camp, as they look to tie Lionel Messi down to a new contract despite huge financial problems, and Lenglet was tipped as one player who is likely to depart Ronald Koeman’s side this summer.
Despite his availability, it seems as if West Ham won’t be signing him ahead of the 2021/22 campaign, which will undoubtedly be a cause of frustration for Hammers fans who are yet to see their side make a signing. That’s despite the European football on offer at the London Stadium next season.
Moyes’ side looks to lack any real depth, and you worry that West Ham will seriously struggle to cope with the demands of playing in the Europa League and the Premier League unless reinforcements are brought in.
The Scottish manager currently has just Issa Diop, Craig Dawson, Angelo Ogbonna and Winston Reid available as senior options at centre-back, with the latter unlikely to feature regularly next season due to the injury problems he has struggled with in recent campaigns.
Therefore, you could definitely argue that central defence is an area that needs to be strengthened, especially when you consider that Dawson is 31-years-old and Ogbonna is 33-years-old, so long-term replacements should be brought in.
Lenglet is just 26 and has amassed plenty of experience in La Liga playing for Sevilla and Barcelona, whilst he has also been a regular in the French national side, earning 13 caps in his career thus far, with French manager Didier Deschamps dubbing him a “top player” in 2019.
The £22.5m-rated defender may have struggled under Koeman last season, but his previous performances in the Spanish top-flight and the Champions League suggest that he could have been a top addition to Moyes’ squad this summer.
Therefore, Hammers fans will surely be disappointed with this latest update on their interest in the defender, as they are rapidly running out of time to make new signings before the new season kicks off.
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