Hammers target duo in a window “hurry up”


West Ham are tonight being reported as being ready to step up their attempts to sign  Rennes left-back Adrien Truffert and Monaco midfielder Youssouf Fofana over the coming days.

So if that’s the case it appears to thwart ideas that the manager is only interested in bringing Premier League proven players to the club.

West Ham want to sign Rennes left-back Adrien Truffert, who is currently out injured

Adrien Truffert

Both players have moderate chances of being signed by the Irons.

Bids, considered to be under value, have been made for Harry Maguire and  James Ward-Prowse whilst talks have been on going over Scott McTominay, Edson Alvarez at Ajax, Bristol City’s Alex Scott and Chelsea’s Ian Maatsen .

But with little movement so far, they are asking Rennes about 21-year-old France international Truffert and his compatriot Fofana, who has also been considered by Chelsea.

West Ham’s hierarchy want Steidten to stay so hope a breakthrough on signings can appease all.

Truffert has been recovering from an ankle injury so wasn’t involved in Rennes’ 3-1 friendly win over West Ham at the weekend. West Ham have also looked at Feyenoord’s exotically named Quilindschy Hartman and Cameron Pring at Bristol City.

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Hugh Southon is a lifelong Iron and the founding editor of ClaretandHugh. He is a national newspaper journalist of many years experience and was Bobby Moore's 'ghost' writer during the great man's lifetime. He describes ClaretandHugh as "the Hammers daily newspaper!"

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  • SelsdonHammer says:

    At last it seems that Tim Steidten’s influence is starting to prevail with these targets after the impasse created by the Moyes/Newman transfer failings to date. We are still no nearer to knowing what is going on at West Ham but at least these players look better suited to creating a younger, more vibrant team.

  • Clive says:

    I didn’t think the perception that Moyes is only interested in British players was quite true somehow. Not when he’s been buying Brazilians, Italians, Frenchman, Moroccans, and Czechs etc in the past. We definitely need some homegrown players though to replace the ones who have left or will be leaving.

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