Inside Futbol have claimed that both Everton and West Ham United are interested in signing AZ Alkmaar winger Oussama Idrissi this month, as the Moroccan star continues to set the Eredivisie alight this season.
Idrissi, 23, has been in stunning form for his current side this season – having a hand in 21 goals during 33 league and cup appearances. Indeed, he has scored 13 times, and created another eight assists, even impressing in the Europa League.
Morocco international Idrissi only joined AZ two years ago from FC Groningen, and has since scored 33 goals in 87 games – excellent stats for a winger, as well sa laying on 23 assists. He has a contract until the summer of 2024.
It is believed that both Everton and Marcel Brands as well as West Ham have made enquiries for the winger, and have been told they would need to spend between £17million and £20million to land his signature. AS Roma are also interested.
TBR’s view – West Ham need Idrissi more than Everton
That is because the Hammers have been rocked by the injury of Felipe Anderson, which is likely to keep him sidelined until late February, early March. Though he is not having the best season, Anderson is crucial to West Ham and his absence will hurt.
He needs replacing. Manuel Lanzini is capable of magic but is yet to return to his brilliant best prior to the anterior cruciate ligament injury he suffered in 2018. A new recruit may be required by David Moyes.
Certainly, Idrissi is capable of magic and although he has only shown that in the Dutch league, he has proven he can impress on the European stage with two goals and two assists in six European matches. West Ham need Idrissi more than Everton.