Everton and West Ham have lost in the race to sign forward Martin Terrier from Lille after he signed for Lyon on Friday, according to a reliable journalist.
Freelance reporter Paul Brown, who also works for the Express, claimed on his personal Twitter account on Saturday that Everton and West Ham had been scouting Terrier, 20, but instead the French forward has agreed terms to sign for Lyon, before being loaned back to Strasbourg until the end of the campaign after spending the first half of the season there.
— Paul Brown (@pbsportswriter) January 27, 2018
— Olympique Lyonnais (@OL) January 26, 2018
Terrier has been in top form for Strasbourg so far this season, making 18 appearances in all competitions, scoring three goals and supplying three assists in the process.
The French forward, who can play on the left-wing or as a striker, had only ever made 15 appearances for Lille, but clearly has a big future ahead of him.
Terrier’s form for the France Under-21 international side is also worth noting, with seven goals from his five caps.
Football Insider verdict
Everton and West Ham would have done very well to sign Terrier but a move to the Premier League would have probably seen Lille up their asking price due to the amount of money in the English game. It seems like a very clever deal that Lyon have pulled off though by allowing the France Under-21 international to return to Strasbourg, meaning he can continue his development in first-team football. It would have been unlikely that the 20-year-old would have got into Lyon’s senior squad. As for the Toffees and the Hammers, it will not hurt them to continue looking in France for young talent. There seems to have been an explosion in French talent in recent years so being the first to that would be a very good move.