Dutch midfielder Kevin Strootman has been offered to West Ham United this summer, according to Sky Sports.
They report that the Hammers, as well as Everton and Manchester United, have the opportunity to take advantage of Marseille’s financial situation.
Strootman signed for Marseille just last summer for a reported £23m but they need to get rid of some players to balance the books.
And while Strootman is 29 now and has had his injury problems during his career, he has been able to play consistently for the Ligue 1 club this season and could well represent a good transfer opportunity.
And West Ham, having established themselves in mid-table under Manuel Pellegrini in his first season in charge, now need to be looking to press towards Europe.
But they need a higher calibre of players in order to do that, and the recruitment of Carlos Sanchez and Jack Wilshere last summer made it clear that Pellegrini wasn’t fully satisfied with his current midfield options.
But if Wilshere could get himself fit, and with Declan Rice anchoring behind, adding Strootman to the mix could be a midfield trio that fires the Hammers into the top six or seven.
Mark Noble is a reliable performer and will always offer something too, but Strootman is a class above the likes of Pedro Obiang and could really help Pellegrini take his vision of passing football to the next level.