Former England midfielder Danny Murphy told the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast Show for talkSPORT that he feels Tottenham midfielder Mousa Dembele is more likely to move to West Ham than Chelsea.
The Independent has reported that both the Hammers and the Premier League champions are interested in the Belgian middle man, but Murphy feels if he’s going to join either, Slaven Bilic’s side have the edge.
“I’m not sure he’s going to go from Tottenham’s bench to Chelsea’s first team - I think it’s more likely that West Ham are going to take him from Spurs,” he told talkSPORT.
Do West Ham need a player like Dembele?
It’s arguable that West Ham need to try and replace Alex Song in the transfer market, following the end of the Barcelona owned player’s loan spell with the club.
Dembele is a good fit because he’s got that aggressive edge and he loves to go up against opponents in physical duels.
He’s a sensible passer of the ball and links all areas of a team effectively, so there are a lot of pluses if the Hammers want to push for a move.
What might prevent a deal?
Price could be an issue, because Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy always pushes for the best possible price when he sells any player.
Chelsea have the resources to be able to blow West Ham out of the water if they want a player should a bidding war start to develop between the clubs.
The rivalry between Tottenham and West Ham may also work against any deal happening, because Dembele will be wary of how he’ll be perceived by Tottenham fans should he take a move to the Hammers.
If he’s available and a deal looks simple in light of the above, it will be a no-brainer for Bilic.