West Ham United appear to have been dealt a blow as they reportedly eye a summer move for Moussa Wague after the youngster dropped a hint about his future, in comments reported by Foot Mercato.
The Sun reported at the weekend that the Hammers wanted the right-back during the January transfer window, and were close to getting a deal done.
However, Wague would ultimately join Nice on loan from Barcelona. But it appeared that Moyes was not ready to accept defeat in his pursuit of the Senegal international.
According to The Sun, the West Ham boss was already planning to make trips to France to scout Wague ahead of a potential summer bid for the 21-year-old. The report noted that the Catalan giants would be prepared to sell for £16 million.
But it appears that the Premier League side could be rejected for a second time. Following his move to Nice, Wague opened up about the interest in him in January and what the future may hold for him.
“There were other clubs in the ranks, but I chose Nice because I like the style of play very much,” he said, as reported by Foot Mercato.
“It’s an historic and ambitious club. I really want to grow with this young team, beyond the end of the season. I made the right choice by coming here. I want to continue growing with this club, having a lot of playing time is important for a young player.”
Foot Mercato notes that Nice will be able to make Wague’s move permanent for around £8.5 million this summer.
He may impress during the coming months. And that may tempt Moyes to push the West Ham board to make a fresh bid in the summer.
But given that Nice can sign him permanently for almost half the price, you would imagine that they will not hesitant to complete a deal if he does do well.
And should he struggle enough to put Nice off taking up the option, West Ham fans may wonder whether the club would be wise making another move – particularly as he has already rejected them once.