Cherki as Paqueta’s Potential Replacement?

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West Ham United have emerged as a viable contender for the signature of Lyon’s young star Rayan Cherki, according to Get French Football News.

The 20-year-old playmaker is in the final year of his contract with Lyon and has shown no interest in an extension, making him available for transfer this summer.

Paris Saint-Germain are seemingly the frontrunners to land Cherki. However, the strained relationship between PSG and Kylian Mbappé’s mother, who also represents Cherki, could complicate negotiations.

This situation presents an opportunity for West Ham to potentially hijack the deal.

West Ham’s interest in Cherki is fueled by speculation surrounding Lucas Paqueta‘s future with the club. Paqueta faces potential spot-fixing charges, raising questions about his long-term presence at West Ham.

Cherki has garnered praise from pundits like Frank Leboeuf, who described him as “unbelievable” and “one of the best players on Earth.” His talent and potential for future growth make him an attractive target.

West Ham’s transfer director, Tim Steidten, is seen as someone who should capitalise on Cherki’s contract situation and potentially acquire him at a reduced price. PSG are believed to be holding out for £35 million, which unless we offload the likes of Aguerd quickly, it is likely to be too much for us.

But you never know!

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