According to Italian journalist Rudy Galetti on Twitter, West Ham are interested in signing FC Nantes attacking midfielder Ludovic Blas.
The lowdown: Highly-coveted
The 24-year-old ace has been a wanted man throughout a fledgeling career in France, with Liverpool, Inter Milan and Lyon all linked whilst still at academy club Guingamp.
Since then, the creative Frenchman has made the move to fellow Ligue 1 club Nantes for £7.20million (Transfermarkt), scoring 30 times and providing eight assists in 99 total appearances for La Maison Jaune.
Now, it would appear that summer interest from the Premier League could be on the horizon.
The latest: English eyes watching
Taking to Twitter, Galetti has claimed that ‘West Ham are interested’ in signing the former France Under 20 starlet.
There is also admiration from Newcastle United, whilst relegation-threatened Watford have been linked elsewhere.
Galetti states that Nantes ‘evaluate’ Blas, who is under contract until 2024, at ‘around €20million’ (£16.6million).
The verdict: Huge expectations
The 26-cap youth international has recently been hailed as ‘spectacular’ and rated even higher than Premier League superstar Mohamed Salah when it comes to ‘pure talent’ by former Liverpool midfielder Pedro Chirivella (So Foot via Liverpool Echo).
Blas has scored 12 times and provided two assists in 32 appearances across all competitions so far this season and would add huge versatility to David Moyes’ squad, due to being capable of operating in various attacking roles.
Described as a teenager as a ‘little phenomenon’ by then-teammate Lucas Tousart, the Hammers should be pulling out all the stops in their attempts to add the Frenchman to their ranks.
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