West Ham United have joined the race to sign Napoli centre-back Kalidou Koulibaly, with the Daily Express reporting that the Hammers hierarchy are ready to splash the cash.
January is looking set to be a hugely important month at the London Stadium. David Moyes oversaw a 4-0 win in his first game in charge. But he will be under no illusions regarding how much work there is to do.
The Irons are just two points above the bottom three in the Premier League. And it appears that the board are ready to try and capture the imagination to ensure that they are not playing Championship football next year.
The Daily Express has claimed that West Ham have joined Manchester City in the race to sign Koulibaly, who is valued at £70 million by the Serie A side.
The 28-year-old is arguably one of the most highly-rated centre-backs in the world.
TBR View – West Ham fans will surely be extremely sceptical
West Ham have certainly been linked with some massive names in recent years, whether they be players or managers. But Koulibaly is arguably as ambitious as it gets given his current status.
And Hammers fans would surely be forgiven for having little time for the rumours. It would be one of the most surprising moves the January window has seen since being brought in shortly after the turn of the Millennium.
And even if the Irons are interested, getting a deal done is a completely different matter. Koulibaly will surely have some incredibly attractive options on the table, including staying at Napoli. And he may not relish the prospect of moving into a relegation battle in the Premier League.
It would surely be foolish to rule out any chance of a move happening. But you could understand if the supporters were expecting their club’s reported interest to come to nothing.