West Ham United are being linked with a move for OGC Nice striker Alassane Plea, according to a report.
The Sun states that the 25-year-old attracted a number of advances from the Hammers this season after the forward has impressed in Ligue 1 and has become a hit.
Compared in the article to Paris Saint-Germain forward Edison Cavani, Plea has shown he knows how to find the back of the net and in 30 outings in the French division, the striker has notched up 13 goals.
It would seem that Nice are in no rush to sell the forward and have increased their valuation of the player over the course of the season to where it now rests, at £25million.
However, with Plea’s contract not due to expire until 2021, David Moyes will have a lot of work to do to capture the former France U21 international if he remains in the job.
Football Insider verdict:
It’s not quite time to compare Plea to Cavani. The Uruguayan hitman has registered 25 times in 29 Ligue 1 matches compared to Plea’s 13 in 30 which would make such claims unfounded. While the 25-year-old undoubtedly has talent, taking a player from the French top-flight to the English top-flight isn’t comparable as there is a vast gulf in quality between the two leagues and you’d have to question why at 25, he’s only just being spoken about now.
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