Premier League clubs queuing up for West Ham star, says agent

Date published: Monday 20th November 2017 2:27 - Matthew Briggs

West Ham midfielder Cheikhou Kouyate is interesting several Premier League clubs, according to his agent.

The 27-year-old Senegal enforcer has made nine starts in the Premier League this season and he has established himself as a West Ham regular ever since he arrived from Anderlecht for €7.5million in 2014.

The midfielder’s performances have though also been catching the eye of visiting scouts and his agent says numerous Premier League clubs and Italian clubs have been in contact over the player’s future.

Agent Saffet Balkan told Turkish-Football last week: “We have received a lot of interest. Interest spiked after Senegal qualified for the World Cup yesterday. Several clubs and agents want to hold talks.

“The Italian and Premier League scouts have been very impressed.”

Kouyate, who is under contract until 2021, is though happy in London, although his agent says he will listen to offers for the player.

“Kouyate is very happy in England, he’s settled into life,” he added.

“There are no offers on the table at this stage, we will hold talks and consider our options.”

There are currently no official bids on the table for the player, whose price tag is believed to be around €30million.

Tottenham were interested in Kouyate in the summer of 2016, but Hammers co-chairman David Sullivan said he soon put paid to that interest when he asked for Harry Kane in return.

“Spurs came on for Kouyate,” Sullivan told the Mirror in May 2016. “They said: ‘What would you take for Kouyate?’ “We said we’d take Harry Kane. Silence on the other end of the line.”


Kouyate helped Senegal reach the World Cup finals last week, starring in the 2-1 victory over South Africa.


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