West Ham United are supposedly interested in signing Allan Saint-Maximin in January, which could spell bad news for youngster Grady Diangana.
As reported by The Sun a couple of days ago in their print edition (page 59), the Hammers are keen on adding the France U21 star to their squad in January, but face competition from other teams such as Cardiff City to snap him up.
The Nice winger has made a bright start to the new season, scoring two goals and tabling one assist.
Last term he notched seven assists, emphasising his creativity.
Supposedly Saint-Maximin would cost in the region of £12 million, which is likely to entice rather than deter.
With Andriy Yarmolenko out for the foreseeable, Manuel Pellegrini appears to want to spend to replace him.
Bad news for Diangana?
Buying Saint-Maximin in January could deal a huge blow to Diangana, who is currently a part of the first-team.
The 20-year-old burst onto the scene earlier this season when he scored a brace against Macclesfield Town in the Carabao Cup during the 8-0 victory.
He then proceeded to make the substitutes’ bench for the Premier League games against Manchester United, where he made his debut and Tottenham Hotspur, before starting his first match against Leicester City last Saturday.
It’s been a gradual integration for Diangana, and hopefully for him he’ll continue to impress going forwards.
He’ll be hoping to do enough to convince Pellegrini not to go out and spend money on a Yarmolenko replacement.
The Chilean’s behaviour in January will certainly imply how much faith he has in the youngster.