West Ham United are said to be eyeing a potential move for Lyon midfielder Thiago Mendes in the upcoming transfer window.
The Lowdown: Mendes profiled
The 30-year-old first joined the French giants from Lille back in 2019 and has since gone on to make 107 appearances in all competitions for Peter Bosz’s side, providing 11 goal contributions during that time, as per Transfermarkt.
He is a crafty and versatile defensive midfielder, capable of playing the box to box or defensive role and even filling into the heart of defence at times, per Whoscored.
Now, a new update has emerged regarding the 5 foot 8 maestro making a possible transfer to the Premier League, and it’s one that fans of David Moyes’ outfit might just want to hear.
The Latest: Opponent to teammate?
According to Brazilian journalist Jorge Nicola (via Sport Witness), it’s claimed that the Hammers are ‘interested in signing’ Mendes and ‘intend to make a bid’ for him, after being majorly impressed with his displays when facing Lyon in the Europa League.
The source states that the Irons would have ‘an advantage’ in the race for his signature, as a result of being able to offer him more money alongside granting him the opportunity to play in England.
The Verdict: Potential bargain
The man who was once hailed as a “key” player by Rangers coach Michael Beale has had a huge drop in value in recent times, which started out at £22.5m three years ago, to now being rated just £9m, so GSB could grab a possible bargain.
If the hierarchy could successfully secure his arrival at the London Stadium, it could prove to be an astute piece of business for West Ham, adding depth in multiple positions at little cost.
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