West Ham are one of three Premier League teams considering a move for Nabil Fekir this winter…
That’s according to Spanish publication Fichajes, who claim the Irons are interested in signing the 28-year-old attacking midfielder from La Liga outfit Real Betis.
It’s thought that a contract extension is on the table, with negotiations at an advanced stage, but a big offer from abroad could change things.
Everton and Arsenal are also mentioned in the report, though it remains to be seen exactly how much he could command in January.
Under ex-Hammers boss Manuel Pellegrini, Fekir has been one of the Spanish top-flight’s best-performing players this campaign, with the exception of just two players.
As per WhoScored, only leading goalscorer Karim Benzema (8.37) and his Real Madrid teammate Vinicius Junior (7.71) have earned a higher rating than the Frenchman’s 7.57 so far this term.
Fekir has been a constant nuisance in the no.10 role for Betis, averaging a whopping 3.4 key passes (first in La Liga), 3.3 shots (second in La Liga) and 3.1 dribbles (first in La Liga) per game, via WhoScored.
These are returns that eclipses pretty much every single West Ham star.
Only Michail Antonio has managed more shots (4.5 per game), whilst the 31-year-old also tops the charts for key passes (2.5 per game), with Jarrod Bowen ranking first for dribbles (2.7 per game).
A dynamic, French maestro who can do it all in the final third? That very much sounds reminiscent of former Irons sensation Dimitri Payet, a player that could get the fans on the edge of their seats in any given game.
“Fekir is a big player, and when I was in France, he scored incredible goals,” ex-Bordeaux star Malcom once told Telefoot (via Goal), further highlighting the similarities between the two.
Meanwhile, Betis president Angel Haro recently also waxed lyrical about his creative abilities.
“He is doing magnificently well. He is a champion of the world with tremendous quality,” he told Marca. “When you see him move with the ball, glued to his foot, you know he is going to do something genius.”
Also dubbed a “magician” by La Liga’s official Twitter account, the 5 foot 8 dynamo could be the Hammers’ most exciting player since Payet, should David Moyes and co secure a move for him in the upcoming transfer window.
With Nikola Vlasic looking hugely underwhelming in his first few appearances for the club, Fekir could yet be the major upgrade in the attacking midfield role.
If there’s a chance to sign him, then the Hammers must do all they can to secure him.