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Spurs have stolen a march on West Ham for a World Cup star David Moyes has raved about claims a new report from Italy.
West Ham hopes of signing Nayef Aguerd’s Morocco teammate Sofyan Amrabat have been dealt a big blow by bitter rivals Tottenham Hotspur.
West Ham and Tottenham have shared a few column inches when it comes to transfers over the last year.
And now the Moyes and Antonio Conte are reportedly butting heads again in a bid to sign Amrabat.
The defensive midfielder, who plays for Fiorentina, has seriously caught the eye during the tournament.
The stunning moment he chased down the world’s quickest player, Kylian Mbappe, and dispossessed him with a crunching challenge was one of the moments of the World Cup.
West Ham were actually linked with a move for Amrabat a few years ago when Manuel Pellegrini was in charge (Calciomercato).
Tottenham have also been linked with Amrabat and reportedly tried to sign him in the summer to no avail.
Speaking in his column in The Times recently, West Ham boss Moyes – who needs to start looking for a replacement for Declan Rice – picked Amrabat out for special praise.
“I’ve been impressed with the energy, attitude and quality of their holding midfielder, Sofyan Amrabat,” Moyes said in The Times.
But Spurs have stolen a march on West Ham for the World Cup star Moyes has raved about claims a new report from Italy.
According to La Repubblica and Football Italia, Fiorentina do not want to sell the midfielder but have set a £43m price tag on his head.
And West Ham will be dismayed to learn that is a figure Conte’s Tottenham Hotspur are prepared to pay according to the reports.
La Repubblica even goes as far as to claim that Spurs could be set for imminent talks with the player over move, so keen is Conte to get him in the door when January 1st comes around in a couple of weeks.
West Ham might have hoped Aguerd could be their inside man to lure Amrabat to east London.
But Spurs want the 26-year-old in January and it appears they are the only club being linked with the star who are willing to meet the asking price.
So if Moyes really did want Amrabat it looks like it is back to the drawing board unless there is a twist.
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