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West Ham: Djibril Sidibe’s knee injuries could halt signing

West Ham: Djibril Sidibe’s knee injuries could halt signing - West Ham

West Ham are wary of signing AS Monaco right-back Djibril Sidibe due to problems with his right knee, as reported by L’Equipe, via GFFN.

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AS Monaco value the 27-year-old World Cup winner at €15m (£13.7m), with Crystal Palace also interested in signing him.

It is said to be West Ham’s London rivals who are the frontrunners to sign him, though both clubs are wary of his knee issue.

Sidibe started 27 games in all competitions for Monaco last season, coming off the bench five times, as per WhoScored.

An example showing the hindrance his knee has caused comes in an ESPN report from 2018, where it is detailed that the Frenchman could have missed the World Cup, having injured the meniscus in his right knee.

It can also be debated that the 27-year-old isn’t much of an upgrade on Ryan Fredericks, who is likely to be West Ham’s first-choice right-back next season, per Football.London back in April.

Defensively, Fredericks made 0.6 more tackles and 0.7 extra clearances, while Sidibe made 0.3 more interceptions per game, with Fredericks making 0.5 more dribbles and Sidibe putting in 0.5 more crosses.

It isn’t worth West Ham going for Sidibe, due to the fact he is at a similar level to Fredericks and has the risk of injury.

It seems more understandable that Palace would want him, considering the sale of Aaron Wan-Bissaka, but there is no need for the Hammers to go in for him, so they should stay clear.

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