New Marseille boss Marcelo Bielsa doesn't see Mathieu Valbuena as part of his plans and he could end up in London.
The future of Marseille midfielder Mathieu Valbuena is still up in the air this week. With a move to Dynamo Moscow rejected by the player, it seems that Queen’s Park Rangers interest has now been joined again by West Ham United. The player would prefer a move to Spain, but his wage demands are limiting the clubs that can realistically show an interest. Valbuena would much rather play in England than Russia.
Valbuena showed during France’s World Cup campaign that he was one of the best players in Deschamps’s squad. He was the cog that makes the free-flowing attacking style work, and Le Petit Velo showed just how vital he could be in a team full of stars.
To get the best out of the diminutive midfielder, you have to let him roam free and create space, he will use it better than most, and he could be an absolute steal for less than £6 million.
West Ham are looking for a player to come in and guide this side to a better future. Valbuena would be the most creative player in that team, but there are questions marks over the ability to Sam Allardyce to get the best out of him
It would hark back to the days when Nigerian Jay Jay Okocha played at the Reebok Stadium, but that was a very long time ago.
Harry Redknapp was able to adapt his system at Tottenham Hotspur to get the best out of Rafael van der Vaart, but the QPR boss isn’t famed for his tactical insight.
Both clubs do however give Valbuena the chance to move to England and play in London. They might not be the best clubs that the midfielder would have hoped for, but they are better options that making a risky move to Moscow.
Marseille want to sell, the player wants to move and both clubs could really need the creativity.