West Ham United are interested in a deal to bring Stephy Mavididi to the London Stadium in the January transfer window.
That’s according to a report by Italian media outlet Tuttomercatoweb (via TEAMtalk), who claim that both West Ham and Aston Villa are preparing late offers for the Montpellier forward – whom the Ligue 1 side are reported to be demanding a figure of around £15m to part with this month.
Mavididi somewhat struggled to make a name for himself after graduating from the Arsenal academy – enduring largely uninspiring loan spells at Charlton Athletic and Preston North End, before once again failing to make his mark after a £1.35m move to Juventus back in 2018.
However, since making a switch to France, the 23-year-old appears to have finally found his feet.
Indeed, joining Montpellier in a £5.67m deal in the summer of 2020, the former England U20 international has since scored 17 goals and registered three assists over his 62 appearances for La Paillade.
A large share of these returns have come this season, with the £8.1m-rated winger – who can also be deployed at centre-forward – having highly impressed over his 21 Ligue 1 appearances, scoring eight goals, providing three assists and creating four big chances for his teammates, as well as taking an average of 2.1 shots and making 0.9 key passes per game.
These metrics have seen the player who Lee Bowyer dubbed a “greyhound” average a SofaScore match rating of 6.84, ranking him as Olivier Dall’Oglio’s sixth-best performer in the top flight of French football.
As such, should West Ham be successful with a late bid for the winger this month, David Moyes will not only have formed a deadly front three in the shape of Mavididi and Jarrod Bowen either side of Michail Antonio, the 58-year-old manager will also have ticked the box of bringing in competition to and backup for the 31-year-old Hammers’ centre-forward – something that would appear very much needed as the club mount a charge on the top four.