West Ham United are among the teams interested in Lyon striker Moussa Dembele, according to French outlet Foot Mercato.
The lowdown: Outcast
Dembele has been forced down the pecking order at the Ligue 1 outfit by the arrival of Alexandre Lacazette from Arsenal.
He’s into the final 12 months of his deal with the club, having joined from Celtic in 2018 for a fee of £19.8million.
Foot Mercato report that the 26-year-old was sent to train with Lyon’s academy players during pre-season.
The latest: Enquiry
If Dembele won’t sign a new contract and commit to Lyon, they will try to sell him in order to avoid losing him on a free transfer.
However, the player wants to be ‘master of his own destiny’ too and intends to take time to mull over the offer of an extension.
Dembele has suitors across Europe, but he’s valued most by Premier League clubs.
West Ham, Fulham, Nottingham Forest, Wolves and Everton have all lodged enquiries.
It’s thought that the player’s response was not particularly ‘favourable’ as he pursues a project that suits him ‘sportingly and financially’.
The verdict: Controversial
It looks like Dembele will take some convincing if he’s to join West Ham.
And this would be a controversial move for the Irons in light of the events of last season’s Europa League quarterfinal.
In the 1-1 first-leg draw between the two sides at the London Stadium, Dembele winked after drawing a foul from Aaron Cresswell that saw the West Ham defender sent off.
David Moyes warned him that he had to be ‘careful‘ and that his behaviour might come back to bite him.
And sure enough, West Ham would win the second leg 3-0 and progress to the semifinals, with Declan Rice explaining that Dembele’s wink gave them an extra incentive.
The official Irons Twitter account even posted a video mocking the Frenchman after the game.
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