West Ham watching £30m man ahead of January raid, claims reliable source

West Ham are closely monitoring Lyon striker Moussa Dembele, according France Football.

The reliable French source have a snippet in their Tuesday edition suggesting the Hammers have made checks on the former Celtic man.

Earlier this month The Sun claimed West Ham were keen on the forward, who is a firm favourite of David Moyes.

The tabloid claim Dembele’s price tag is in the £30m range, as Moyes ponders making a big move in January.

Dembele, 24, is under contract until 2023, but his form in Ligue 1 this season has been indifferent.

After blasting 24 goals in 46 games last season he is yet to score in 11 Ligue 1 games this time around.

Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas was desperate to keep the forward last January when talk of a €50m bid from Manchester United was in the offing.

“We want Moussa Dembele and Lucas Tousart [linked with Hertha Berlin] to stay,” Aulas said.

“The latter has received significant offers. If he leaves, we will have to replace him first.

“But I think they will stay. Now is not the time for us to weaken our team.”

Whether the club’s stance will change next month remains to be seen. Aulas may fancy cashing in on the player, who has scored 44 goals in 102 appearances for Lyon.

West Ham will point to his blank scorecard this time around though and look for some discount.

Moyes is on the lookout for a top-class centre-forward and Dembele would be a shrewd acquisition as the Hammers look to build on a solid start.

West Ham players enjoying their football

Meanwhile, Moyes says the “spirit” in the West Ham dressing room is improving and that his players are enjoying their football again.

West Ham rose into the top half for the time being by beating Sheffield United 1-0. Sebastien Haller got a rare goal to be the difference maker.

It means West Ham’s first result after the international break was exactly the same as their last one before it, against Fulham.

Their opponents are enduring a more difficult time this season, but Moyes knew his side had to take advantage.

“I am thrilled to pick up three points,” Moyes told Sky Sports. “They have a lot of good players, a good manager – I know what it is like, when you get into a losing run.

“Our boys at the moment are playing with a lot of confidence and thankfully we got another win today.

“I hope we can play even better.”