Bid tabled on Tuesday: Everton and West Ham battle for attacking midfielder - reports
By Will Butcher
West Ham have submitted a bid of £6.8million plus bonuses for Lyon attacking midfielder Rachid Ghezzal, according to a report.
The 24-year-old could be set to leave the Parc Olympique Lyonnais this summer with just 12 months remaining on his current contract.
French newspaper L’Equipe claim the bid was tabled by the Hammers on Tuesday but Lyon don’t want to lose their number 11 and are looking to enter contract talks with him in the coming days.
The Mail report that Everton are also interested in signing Ghezzal as Ronald Koeman’s transfer overhaul goes into overdrive following the £47.5million sale of John Stones on Tuesday.
The Hammers are looking to bring in attacking reinforcements with doubts surrounding Diafra Sakho and Enner Valencia, who are likely to leave East London this summer.
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Ghezzal can play on either side of the attack, predominantly starting on the right flank and being able to cut inside onto his left-foot. He is also able to play behind the striker as a number 10.
The Lyon academy graduate has six Algeria caps, scoring his first goal for El Khadra against Ethiopia.
Ghezzal has made 81 Lyon appearances in all competitions after signing with the French ginats when he was just 12 years old.
He made his debut at 20 years of age against Israeli club Ironi Kiryat Shmona, and has scored 11 goals during his Les Gones career.
In other West Ham transfer news, the Hammers will learn on Wednesday if a bid for this South American striker has been accepted.