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West Ham: Not interested in Djibril Sidibe despite links

West Ham: Not interested in Djibril Sidibe despite links - West Ham

The widely trusted West Ham source ExWHUEmployee has reported that West Ham are not interested in signing AS Monaco right-back Djibril Sidibe.

There have been numerous links between the Hammers and the man who was in France’s World Cup-winning squad, including a report from L’Equipe, as cited by GFFN.

However, if ExWHUEmployee is to be believed, there is no interest from East London.

The Frenchman made 22 league starts for Monaco last season, coming off the bench four times, providing two assists for his teammates. He averaged 1.9 tackles (per WhoScored), 1.2 interceptions, 1.9 clearances and 0.3 blocks per game last season.

Ryan Fredericks is the man most likely to be starting games at right-back for the Hammers in the next campaign, having settled into life at London Stadium and the Premier League.

He started 14 games in all competitions last season, coming on as a substitute four times, scoring twice. He averaged 2.5 tackles, 0.9 interceptions, 2.6 clearances and 0.3 blocks last season.

Going forward, Fredericks completed more dribbles, while Sidibe made more crosses and key passes per game – which would be useful at West Ham following the signing of 190cm tall Sebastien Haller.

Still, considering West Ham will be looking to improve their defensive record, having conceded 55 goals last season, the defensive side is arguably more important to look at, with Fredericks coming out on top.

West Ham are right to not be looking at Sidibe as right-back isn’t currently the club’s biggest problem area.

The Hammers should be focusing on the other side of defence for now, as left-back needs to be improved, with neither Aaron Cresswell or Arthur Masuaku showing the consistency to command the position, having started 18 and 19 Premier League games respectively last season.

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