West Ham have been credited with an interest in Montpellier winger Stephy Mavididi recently and if he were to join David Moyes’ side this summer, it could be the end of Nikola Vlasic’s spell at the London Stadium.
Transfer journalist Fabrizio Romano reported earlier this month that West Ham, Brighton, Southampton and Everton have all “approached” the 24-year-old’s agent about a potential summer deal, with there a “good chance” that he could leave the Ligue 1 side in the coming weeks.
The former Arsenal man found his feet in France last season after a lacklustre spell at Juventus, contributing eight goals and three assists in 30 Ligue 1 appearances, averaging a solid 6.71 rating from WhoScored for his performances.
Mavididi has earned the praise of Premier League legend Thierry Henry in the past, as he said:
“What I’ve always liked about Stephy Mavididi is that he’s a hard-working player who closes (opponents) down.
“He’s always in the right place. What was missing was finishing — whether to give the ball or to score — but now he’s brought that to his game.”
Previous reports have suggested that the Englishman would be available for as little as £15m this summer and if Romano’s reports are true, then the Hammers could be serious about bringing him to the London Stadium.
However, wingers/attacking-midfielders is one area in which Moyes is not particularly short, with Jarrod Bowen, Pablo Fornals, Manuel Lanzini and Said Benrahama all regulars in that position.
Therefore, if Mavididi were to join, we could see Vlasic leave with the forward being linked with the exit door after an uninspiring first season with the Hammers.
If Mavididi were to join then Vlasic could find first-team opportunities even harder to come by, and it would not be a surprise to see him moved on to make way for the Montpellier man, unless he can seriously improve his performances in the 2022/23 campaign.