There has been a Matteo Guendouzi transfer green light for West Ham and Aston Villa after French club Marseille’s admission but there’s a caveat.
Aston Villa have been heavily linked with the France midfielder over the last week or so.
And at the weekend West Ham were reported to have entered the running to bring the ex Arsenal man back to the Premier League.
Speculation intensified over the weekend that Aston Villa had made a “beautiful” financial offer for Guendouzi after the sudden interest from West Ham (L’Équipe and GFFN).
There has been claim and counter claim regarding the likelihood that Villa or the Hammers will get a deal done for Guendouzi before Tuesday night’s transfer deadline.
Especially after Marseille agreed a bargain £8m move for reported West Ham target Azzedine Ounahi.
Foot Mercato and GFFN reiterated the interest from Aston Villa boss Unai Emery and West Ham’s David Moyes but claimed the player might reject a return to the Premier League.
An update from France brings mixed news for West Ham and Villa, though.
Because there has been a Guendouzi deal green light for West Ham and Aston Villa after the French club’s admission but there’s a caveat.
With 36 hours until the January window shuts L’Équipe are reporting that Marseille are open to selling Guendouzi to Aston Villa or West Ham after buying Ounahi.
But the caveat is that they will have to wait until the summer and are now “closed” to the idea of selling the 23-year-old this month.
“The Midlands club have even given Guendouzi a “beautiful financial offer.” However, no bid has been made to the club, and Pablo Longoria doesn’t expect one to arrive before tomorrow’s transfer deadline,” L’Équipe report.
The report states Longoria doesn’t want to lose the former Arsenal midfielder this winter, although he is much more open to a summer departure with West Ham also interested.
So it seems that particular deal can be put to bed for Moyes and Emery in this window. But it is very much a possibility in a few months’ time.
Although as we well know money always talks in football and a big offer – or potentially a loan with an obligation to buy – could change things very quickly.
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