This French International is the latest on West Ham’s radar

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Samuel Umtiti celebrates after scoring the first goal for Lyon
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According to Sky Sources, West Ham are leading the chase for Lyon Centre Back Samuel Umtiti.

The 22 year old has been watched by Barcelona, PSG, Spurs and Chelsea this season, but Sky believe that Slaven Bilic’s side are the favourites to land the highly sought after defender at the moment.

So how much would Umtiti cost?

The defender is currently going to Euro 2016 with France, and could find himself in with a chance of starting if he impresses before the tournament. Bilic would need to finalise any deal before Euro 2016 kicks off, because if Umtiti features for France his price tag would go through the roof after any significant performance.

Umtiti at the moment could cost around £15-20 million, which is expensive for a centre back, but he could have 10 years at the top level, and would likely be worth more than this after a few years.

Can we afford him?

If Reece Oxford leaves the club, it would be no surprise to see him replaced with someone similar. Using the £10-15 million that is currently being reported from Oxford’s move could fund a deal for Samuel Umtiti, but it remains to be seen if Oxford actually does leave the club this summer. Central …..[continue reading at the link below]

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