Surprising West Ham duo have emerged as potential targets in January as Lyon look to save themselves from relegation, according to reports.

In what has been a massive turn-up for the books, Olympique Lyonnais find themselves rock bottom of Ligue 1. With just 1 win from their opening 14 games, things have gone from bad to worse for the French giants. As such, they have been given the go ahead to spend big in January which has landed two of West Ham’s players on their list of targets, L’Equip reports.

The first of their planned double swoop seems fairly unlikely as they reportedly want to sign defender Nayef Aguerd. The Moroccan has earned his place as a nailed on starter after a rocky start to the season. The question has to be asked of why would West Ham consider selling him in January when Lyon probably aren’t going to offer much more than they signed him for. On top of this, Aguerd would be unlikely to leave a Premier League side pushing for their fourth consecutive season in Europe for a French side who, as it stands, looked doomed to get relegated.

However, their second target seems much more reasonable. Said Benrahma has fallen out of favour in East London in recent times, rarely used as much more than a substitute in the Premier League. The Hammers could potentially look to offload the Algerian winger as they look to raise funds for a striker, but with interest from Saudi Arabia it will not be easy for Lyon to convince him to come dig them out of a relegation battle.

While Benrahma might be an easier signing to pull off than Aguerd, for some of the same reasons it still would not be simple by any means. West Ham certainly will not want to sell the centre back this Winter but, if they receive the right offer, it could be down to Benrahma where his future lies.

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