West Ham United are believed to be interested in Arsenal’s out of favour midfielder Francis Coquelin, who could be available for a fee of around £10million, according to a report.
The Mirror claim that the 26-year-old defensive midfielder is in need of more game time this season, after finding minutes hard to come by.
And with the Hammers in need of midfielders, it is thought they are top of the list of potential destinations for the Gunner this January.
Hammers boss, David Moyes, is keen to bring in additions for the central zone but has so far been unsuccessful, having missed out on Newcastle’s Jonjo Shelvey and Stoke City’s Joe Allen.
French U21 international, Coquelin, made 39 outings in all for the Gunners last season but has so far made just 13 -many of which have been in the Europa or League Cup and it is believed Arsene Wenger would be willing to let him go for the right price.
Football Insider verdict:
At a supposed fee of just £10million, the Gunner is a steal. Coquelin was dropped from an Arsenal side that fell to defeat away at Nottingham Forrest in the FA Cup on Sunday and it would seem that that has spelt the end for the Frenchman. The 26-year-old has a wealth of Premier League experience and his defensive capabilities would be ideal for the Hammers whose midfield zone have struggled to provide protection for their backline this season. It is clear that Wenger no longer has a need for Coquelin, so a move across London would suit everyone.
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