West Ham are plotting a move for Lyon midfielder Thiago Mendes in the upcoming summer transfer window.
According to Brazilian football journalist Jorge Nicola, the Premier League club “intends to make a bid” for the 30-year-old. Nicola claimed that David Moyes was impressed with the player’s performances for Lyon against the Hammers during their Europa League quarter-final tie this month.
With multiple clubs circling around the in-demand Declan Rice, Mendes would be an excellent replacement for the very possible departure of the Englishman.
West Ham have had a wonderful season so far, with Moyes leading his team to a European semi-final and the chance to secure a top-six spot domestically. He isn’t done there, however, and it seems that he wants to strengthen his squad.
The Brazilian is valued at £9m, and with just one year left on his current contract, the Hammers may well grab themselves a bargain.
Rice has played more games than the 30-year-old this season, so his stats are likely to be slightly better. Nonetheless, in terms of value for money and the chance to invest in other areas of the squad, signing Mendes would appear to be excellent business by the Hammers.
He has been described as “smart” by Lyon coach Peter Bosz, and with a few years left in the tank, these statistics show just how good he can be when compared with Rice.
If the 23-year-old is to be lured away from the London Stadium, the Irons could land a dream replacement in Mendes, a player who already appears to have Moyes’ approval.
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