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Journalist says Barcelona star Lenglet would be statement West Ham signing

West Ham United would show huge ambition by persuading Clement Lenglet to swap Barcelona for the London Stadium, says Jack Rosser.

The Spanish giants are in financial difficulties and looking to offload fringe players after exceeding La Liga’s wage limit. It has resulted in Barcelona being unable to officially tie Lionel Messi down to a new contract, while new signings cannot be registered either.

France international defender Lenglet is among those Ronald Koeman’s side are keen to sell or allow to leave on loan.

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Lenglet made 48 appearances in all competitions last season and reports suggest West Ham, along with Everton, have already approached Barcelona.

Hammers boss David Moyes is looking to bolster his squad ahead of a return to Europa League football in the coming season, having broken the club’s record Premier League points tally last term.

Evening Standard journalist Rosser admits signing someone like Lenglet after seeing Fabian Balbuena depart following the expiry of his contract is needed at the London Stadium.

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Speaking to Football FanCast, he said of Lenglet: “A signing of that sort of bracket would be a real statement of intent and could really help.

“If you’re going to get through a long season, you need a defence you can rely on. While West Ham have that when everyone is fit, if one piece falls out then it gets very difficult.

“Balbuena has left as well so it’s something they’re going to have to look at.”