Report: Tottenham lose out to West Ham in pursuit of La Liga star
By Will Butcher
Out-of-contract Valencia winger Sofiane Feghouli will choose West Ham over Tottenham, according to reports.
The Algerian, who has 40 caps for his country, has been linked with the likes of Inter Milan, Sevilla, Manchester United and Spurs after being one of the only shining lights in what has been a disappointing season for Valencia.
But according to reliable French publication L’Equipe, Feghouli has been particularly impressed with West Ham, who have shown the most desire to sign the former Grenoble star.
The 26-year-old’s contract expires this month, making him a free agent to potential buyers this summer.
Feghouli, who has made more than 200 appearances for Valencia, is mostly used as a right winger, being able to operate on the right side of midfield, or as the right-sided player of a three-man attack.
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Manager Slaven Bilic wants to bring Feghouli to the Hammers’ new Olympic Stadium, with depth needed after qualifying for the Europa League. He will rival players such as Dimitri Payet, Michail Antonio and Manuel Lanzini for a place in the starting 11.
However, with these players normally deployed elsewhere, Feghouli could find himself starting in Slaven Bilic’s side should he join.
Feghouli can also operate as a number 10, as well as playing on the left-side of midfield, and is particularly known for the creative aspect of his game.
He will be remembered as an integral part of Algeria’s World Cup run two years ago in Brazil, where he scored Algeria’s first World Cup goal in 28 years, as ‘El Khadra’ made it to the second round for the first time in their footballing history.