Man United held negotiations with €40m-rated Ligue 1 striker

Man United keeping close tabs with Lyon centre-forward Moussa Dembele. West Ham United also in the race for the striker. Ligue 1 giants are reportedly ready to sell U21 France international.

West Ham United manager David Moyes is a big fan of Moussa, who has become frustrated with his lack of playing time at Lyon recently. Dembele, who’s also been linked with Red Devils, has featured in all nine Ligue 1 games for the Les Gones this campaign. However, he’s been in the starting line-up for only four of them.

The report also says insiders claim the Les Gones are willing to sell the 24-year-old centre-forward, who was a regular for France’s Under-21 side. It’s understood Lyon could be persuaded by a bid of about £30m, but the fee is expected to go higher with bonuses which could pose a problem for any possible buyers.

But the Hammers have money to spend after the last window as they failed to buy a new centre-forward. Record signing Sebastien Haller has struggled to cement his place in the first team, with Michail Antonio a preferred option for Moyes upfront.

The French striker has experience playing football in Britain, having spent two years at Celtic before moving to Lyon in the summer of 2018. Before Celtic, Moussa was at Fulham for three years. Moussa’s former club played West Ham in the PL on the weekend, with the Hammers running out 1-0 winners.

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