Speaking to Football Insider, pundit Noel Whelan has reacted to reports that West Ham could land Watford star Ismaila Sarr in January – with journalist Alan Nixon claiming David Sullivan is ‘keen‘ and the Irons are preparing a £30 million bid.
Sarr, impressing for the Hornets again this campaign, has started 19 Championship matches as he remains a mainstay for Watford – coming after his head-turning exploits in the Premier League last year.
Over his 2020/2021 campaign so far, he has racked up four goals and assisted two others whilst averaging an impressive 2.2 shots per 90 (WhoScored) – leaving little wonder why teammate Andre Gray called him a ‘beast‘ and likened him to Lionel Messi recently (Watford Observer).
Whelan reacts to Sarr swoop
Now, Whelan has joined in on the act amid claims West Ham are preparing a swoop with Sullivan ‘keen’ on signing the 22-year-old.
“He would definitely be a good signing. You have Manchester United sniffing around him as well, that says a lot,” he told Football Insider.
“It would be a short move away from Watford to West Ham, he would not have to relocate. They will have the funds now from the Haller deal and it would probably take £20-25million to sign him I would imagine.
“It is a deal that makes sense and that is perhaps why they got rid of Haller so quickly. I would be very surprised if West Ham did not sign a replacement this month. They will want that to happen as quickly as possible.”
Transfer Tavern take
Whether or not the Irons get this deal done remains to be seen, but judging by his accolades so far, it could be a real coup for GSB and the east Londoners.
In other transfer news: West Ham contact has been made for this bargain, find out more here.
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