By Harry Sykes
West Ham have reportedly submitted an offer to Celtic for Moussa Dembele, according to a report.
French outlet Le 10 Sport claim the Hammers hold a “strong interest” in the 21-year-old, who had an outstanding debut season following his transfer in the summer of 2016.
It is said that Monaco are also keen on signing the France Under-21 international as the prepare for the potential loss of teenage sensation Kylian Mbappe, who is firmly on the radar of mega-rich Paris Saint-Germain.
West Ham have been highly commended for their work in the transfer window so far, bringing in proven Premier League talent in Joe Hart, Pablo Zabaleta, Marko Arnautovic and Javier Hernandez.
It appears that manager Slaven Bilic wants another striker to provide competition for ex-Manchester United striker Hernandez, who was signed from Bayer Leverkusen last month.
Dembele has missed the start of new season due to injury and is expected to be fit again next month.
Football Insider verdict:
There is little doubt that Dembele is one of Europe’s most exciting young strikers. Not only is he mobile, powerful and deadly in front of goal – 32 goals in 49 matches in his debut season at Celtic is proof of that – but he has the priceless ability to rise to the big occasion. His flair for the grandest stage was most evident in his Old Firm debut hat-trick and Champions League double against Manchester City. But a move to the Premier League would not be the right one for the young Frenchman. He should spend another season at Celtic, where he can play every week and continue to develop under the excellent coaching of Brendan Rodgers.
In other Celtic transfer news, Football Insider has revealed the Hoops are in the hunt to sign a dazzling attacker as late window interest to reach fever pitch.