West Ham have approached Everton with an enquiry about signing Morgan Schneiderlin in the January transfer window, according to a report.
The Irish Mirror claims that David Moyes is eager to find a new midfield enforcer in January and has sounded out the possibility of raiding his former club for Schneiderlin, 28, as he has a £20million budget to play around with.
Sam Allardyce may be prepared to give the 15-times France international the green light to leave Goodison Park in January and could strike up a deal with his old side West Ham as he looks to bring in Sevilla’s Steven N’Zonzi.
The Hammers are also understood to be interested in Bournemouth’s Harry Arter and Sporting CP’s William Carvalho, who was a target of Slaven Bilic in the summer.
Schneiderlin has been a mainstay of the Everton first-team this season, making 23 appearances across all competitions, keeping his place under the charges of Ronald Koeman, David Unsworth and Allardyce.
Football Insider verdict
West Ham would be making a good decision in pursuing Schneiderlin as they need a proven Premier League enforcer in their side to help add some steel to the midfield. However Everton should have thoughts about selling the Frenchman on to a Premier League rival. Schneiderlin was only signed in January from Manchester United in a deal worth up to £24million. The Toffees may be unwilling to make a loss on the ex-Southampton ace and that means that he would probably cost over the current Hammers budget. Moyes may have to sell players on if that is the case. However if he can land Bournemouth’s Arter for a cheaper fee, that is the most likely deal that could happen in January.