West Ham are said to be amongst three London clubs interested in Ousmane Dembele according to reports.

The French international was one of the highest rated youngsters in the world when he initially joined Barcelona. Unfortunately, he was never able to reach his full potential but nonetheless he’s been a great player for them.

In the Summer he made his £50 million move to PSG but, since joining them, he’s failed to score or assist in five appearances.

PSG are a particularly cut-throat club and this poor form has already led to discussions over his future and, according to The Mirror he could be heading from the French capital to the English one. Arsenal, Tottenham and West Ham are all said to be interested in acquiring the player’s services on loan.

Considering the player has only recently signed, it would be harsh for them to expect him to hit form straight away and it would be fair to assume they will save making a decision until the January window is closer.

Unsurprisingly, the winger faces plenty of competition at the club so if he wants to secure a place in the side he will need to start performing to a good standard sooner rather than later, as has been reported in the Daily Mail.

In terms of our interest, it could be highly dependent on what position we are in by January. If the club find themselves in a good position to push for Europe then we may look to bluster our chances and, even if it is on loan, Dembele would be a statement signing on how serious the club is about pushing on.

Blistering pace, quick feet and great passing are all qualities that he could bring to David Moyes’ side but the club will no doubt face plenty of competition if they are to secure a loan move for him. Admittedly, going from the biggest club in France to West Ham isn’t exactly the most appealing move on paper but we have a knack of giving out-of favour players a push in the right direction.

If anything is to come of this it could be an excellent deal for all parties: we get a player who on his day is world class, Dembele gets to play consistently without the pressure that a club like PSG brings and his parent club could receive a more complete player by the end of the move. It won’t be an easy one to get over the line but, if we do, it could be the sort of signing that takes us up a level.

By Charlie Bass

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