West Ham United are among a number of Premier League clubs in the hunt for Morocco midfielder Azzedine Ounahi, according to The Daily Mail, informs the WestHamZone.
90min reported (14 December) that there was significant interest in the 22-year-old Angers midfielder, with scouts from all over Europe taking a look.
The Mail suggest (16 December) the 20th-placed Ligue 1 club have slapped a £40million price tag on Ounahi’s head after his “break out” performances for his country in Qatar.
Leicester and Wolves have joined the Hammers in showing interest, however, the Premier League trio do have reservations and it’s believed the price will need to be knocked down, with bids of around £20million anticipated.
Ounahi was one of the shining lights for Morocco in their run to the World Cup semi-final and his performances in Qatar against some of the best in the World probably means his £40million price tag is justified. However, it’s always important to consider that the World Cup can throw up one or two surprise packages, that potentially go on to struggle in club football.
Angers are currently languishing at the bottom of the French league, and up until now, nobody had heard of the attacking midfielder. Therefore, West Ham shouldn’t pay over the odds when it comes to landing the 22-year-old.
James Rodriguez was a good example from the 2014 World Cup, with the Colombian earning himself a lucrative move to Real Madrid, before never quite hitting the heights expected of him.
The Moroccan would be an exciting signing, however, only if West Ham can lower the Ligue 1 club’s £40million valuation.