West Ham have reportedly “held talks” with midfielder who had 31 goal involvements in the league last season.

Everyone knows about the attacking qualities that West Ham have, it’s one of the only reasons they finished so high up in the Premier League even with their woeful defensive record. The likes of Jarrod Bowen, Mohammed Kudus and Lucas Paqueta are all unbelievably talented players that seem to gel really well together.

However, there is a serious lack of quality depth – something that needs to be addressed fast. On top of this, Lucas Paqueta’s future still remains a mystery as his alleged involvement in a betting scandal still hasn’t reached a conclusion. As a result, the Hammers are rumoured to be looking at signing a creative midfielder this Summer.

According to GIVEMESPORT, West Ham are in the race for Celtic Matt O’Riley. The Danish midfielder was for some reason snubbed from his national team despite scoring 18 goals and assisting a further 13 in 37 Scottish Premiership games.

Unfortunately, the Irons are set to face competition from both Fulham and Southampton – two clubs which have two distinct advantages over West Ham. The Cottagers once had O’Riley on their books when he was a youth player and he may be keen on returning where it all started. On the other hand, the Saints’ manager Russell Martin managed the player at MK Dons and could be key in convincing him where to go.

As it stands though, Southampton and Celtic have failed to reach a deal due to a sizeable difference in their valuations of the player, while Fulham are yet to make an offer. This means that there is a golden opportunity for our Irons to swoop in and get a deal done ahead of the competition by meeting the Scottish side’s asking price. Whether or not the club will do that though is a completely different matter but at 23-years-old he’s only going to get better and any team who doesn’t sign him could come to deeply regret not meeting Celtic’s demands.

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