West Ham United are the latest side to enter the race to sign Maxwel Cornet before Tuesday’s transfer deadline…
According to 90min, the Irons are considering making a rival bid for the versatile Lyon star after Burnley made a club-record £15m offer for his signature recently.
Newcastle United are also mulling over the same prospect, whilst Leeds United have been linked with a move for the Ivory Coast international, who can play on the wing and at full-back.
It’s thought that there could be late competition for Cornet after he rejected the Clarets’ first offer.
If Hammers boss David Moyes beats his Premier League rivals to the 24-year-old winger, then he deserves plenty of plaudits. He’d certainly be getting an intriguing and solid option that can play anywhere down the left flank.
Across 39 appearances in all competitions, Cornet provided Lyon with four goals and six assists, whilst he won 4.6 duels, made 1.9 tackles and registered 1.2 interceptions per game in Ligue 1, via SofaScore.
By comparison, Aaron Cresswell managed to average only 2.5 duels won, 0.9 tackles and 0.9 interceptions per Premier League outing, also notching eight assists, too.
A season earlier, Cornet played an important role in the French outfit’s impressive Champions League run, in which they knocked out Manchester City. And his performance left Pep Guardiola wowed.
He said: “We only talk about PSG but there are many good French teams, I was very impressed by the talent of Maxwel Cornet. There are many talents in France, I like to play the Champions League because there is a very high quality everywhere, players, coaches.”
The former Metz graduate was once tipped to follow in the footsteps of Manchester United ace Anthony Martial, with journalist Robin Bairner dubbing him “a massive talent.”
Whilst The Sun’s Alan Nixon, who reported Leeds’ interest in him in June, hailed Cornet as a “top talent.”
Given his pace and natural instincts in attack, the £18m-rated beast could be a solid option under Moyes, whether that’s as a back-up to Said Benrahma up top or to Cresswell further back – he could even play in the same side as the Englishman when a back-three is deployed.
This versatility could be crucial as the Hammers embark on a campaign in the Europa League, so GSB should look to sanction this swoop, especially if they’re willing to accept around £15m for his signature.
West Ham being in Europe surely gives them a major edge over the likes of Burnley, Newcastle and Leeds, so Moyes can surely beat his rivals to this bargain buy.