West Ham hopeful Marseille connection could seal £30m midfielder deal

West Ham are reportedly hopeful of using their connection with former chief executive Paul Aldridge to help secure a deal to sign Marseille midfielder Morgan Sanson.

Aldridge joined the Ligue 1 side as an advisor on transfers back in January, having become a well-known figure during his time at Upton Park when he was involved in a double deal that brought Carlos Tevez and Javier Mascherano to the club.

And according to Le 10 Sport, the Hammers are trying to use their connections with Aldridge to help snare Sanson in the summer.

The report adds that David Moyes wanted to bring the former France Under-21 international to the London Stadium in January, but that Marseille rejected an offer for the player they value at £30million.

The 25-year-old has scored five goals and added five assists in 27 Ligue 1 outings for Marseille this season.

Meanwhile, West Ham have criticised Championship promotion hopefuls West Bromwich Albion over their handling of Grady Diangana – with the on-loan winger still sidelined after being rushed back from a hamstring injury, according to a report.



Diangana, who has scored five goals and produced six assists so far this season, has missed the last few months of the Baggies’ season due to a hamstring injury – with the midfielder being forced off inside nine minutes against Stoke City back in January.

The England U21 international joined Slaven Bilic’s side in the summer ahead of regular game time, scoring two goals in a 2-1 victory against Luton Town on his Championship debut – ending the Hatters’ 28 home game unbeaten run.

According to Football Insider, West Ham United are infuriated with West Brom and Bilic after rushing the player back too prematurely. Read more…