Report: Hammers linked with French International

Samuel-Umtiti-454764West Ham have made a ‘very significant proposal’ for young French defender Samuel Umtiti according to reports in French daily newspaper Le Parisen.

The Cameroon-born France Under-21 international made 30 appearances for Lyon last season and is regarded as one of Europe’s brightest young talents. Umtiti has previously been linked with moves to Paris Saint-Germain, Barcelona and Spurs.

France manager Didier Deschamps has named the 22-year-old on the standby list for this summer’s European Championships which starts this month.

His natural position is centre-back but he can also play in the Left back. Despite being just 22 years of age Umtiti has played 163 times for Lyon, 140 of those at centre-back, 19 as left back. He has scored three times in 124 Ligue 1 appearances and once in 13 Europa League games.

Last summer the then 21-year-old was claimed to snub offers from Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool and Man City to play in the Premier League instead signing a new four-year contract with the French club.


About Sean Whetstone

I am Season Ticket Holder in West stand lower at the London Stadium and before that, I used to stand in the Sir Trevor Brooking Lower Row R seat 159 in the Boleyn Ground and in the Eighties I stood on the terraces of the old South Bank. I am a presenter on the West Ham Podcast called MooreThanJustaPodcast.co.uk. A Blogger on WestHamTillIdie.com a member of the West Ham Supporters Advisory Board (SAB), Founder of a Youtube channel called Mr West Ham Football at http://www.youtube.com/MrWestHamFootball, I am also the associate editor here at Claret and Hugh. Life Long singer of bubbles! Come on you Irons! Follow me at @Westhamfootball on twitter

5 comments on “Report: Hammers linked with French International

  1. I would like to see this lad alongside ogbonna ! In front of tonks and read ? Tonks is still in my bad book for the feeble attempt to stop rashfords goal in the FA cup . I don’t think this guy would have let him in so easily ? Let’s see if it materialises or if its more crap talk !

  2. Yep this is the first one I would like on board the a good RB,we can then move on who ever we are not keeping,
    I thought we were going to be welcoming Tore by Wednesday but that has not happened,
    Rieger would have been a good investment as well we have looked at him for 2 years,
    Then we can let AC and JOB join Hippo and not Tomo and Sak,

  3. Whats this new obsession with French players or from their one team league? We hit the jackpot with Payet but not eveyone will be that good. The last team who had a french fetish was the Barcodes & that didn’t turn out so well.

  4. And Sakho,
    They don’t mind the cold weather in England it’s harder to convince a Italian orSpanish player,The Germans won’t cross the channel unless you pay them a Kings ransom,
    So it’s Africa,Sandinavia,or South America ( they don’t like the cold either )
    Still think we should cherry pick from other English clubs,
    All proven and don’t mind the cold,

  5. Arsenal didn’t do to bad Essex ?
    The bar codes could sign messi , IBRA , ronaldo , croos and still get relagated, its in their DNA ,
    Bigumtiti looks very good , a snip at the money they want as well , I would sign him asap
    But that’s me , weather there’s anything in the gossip anyway is another thing ,
    Keeps us amused and the keyboard happy !

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