West Ham United are interested in a deal to bring Lucas Digne to the London Stadium in the January transfer window.
That’s according to a report by the Daily Mail, who claim that David Moyes’ side are the latest team to join the race to sign the Everton left-back, with both Chelsea and Newcastle United also believed to be interested in a move for the 28-year-old this month.
The report goes on to state that West Ham are in continued negotiations with the Toffees regarding a deal for the France international, although it is suggested that the defender’s £100k-per-week wages could prove something of a stumbling block for the Hammers.
Finally, it is claimed that Everton would be willing to part with Digne in the current transfer window, as the left-back has fallen out of favour under the management of Rafael Benitez at Goodison Park, with further reports suggesting that an offer of £30m should be enough to get a deal over the line for the former Barcelona man.
With Moyes recently stating that he is unaware when first-choice left-back Aaron Cresswell will recover from his back injury, the left-hand side of the West Ham backline is undoubtedly an area of the pitch the 58-year-old must strengthen in the January transfer window if his side are to have any chance of securing a top-four finish this season.
Indeed, while Arthur Masuaku has impressed in spells while filling in for the stricken 32-year-old – scoring against Chelsea – the DR Congo international’s consistency has always been something of a problem for West Ham. Meanwhile, Ben Johnson – who has also been fielded at left-back this season – is much better suited to playing on the right of a back four.
As such, it would appear a very wise move for Moyes to bring in greater depth in the position this winter, with Digne looking to be an extremely impressive candidate for the role.
Indeed, over his 30 Premier League appearances last season, the £27m-rated man helped his side keep nine clean sheets, provided seven assists and created an enormous 11 big chances for his teammates, as well as making an average of 1.6 key passes per game.
The 28-year-old who Noel Whelan dubbed an “exceptional” player also impressed in metrics more typical of his position, making an average of one interception, 2.1 tackles, 2.4 clearances and winning 6.5 duels per fixture.
As such, Moyes’ issues at left-back would very much appear to be solved with the signing of the Everton outcast, leading us to believe that the West Ham board simply must pay the left-back his wage demands in order to get a deal over the line this January.