Report: West Ham plan huge bid for Nabil Fekir despite just nine appearances last season

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West Ham are reportedly looking to bring Lyon's Nabil Fekir to the Olympic Stadium.

Villarreal's Eric Bailly in action with Lyon's Nabil FekirVillarreal's Eric Bailly in action with Lyon's Nabil Fekir

According to The Sun, West Ham United are preparing a big-money move to sign Lyon striker Nabil Fekir - despite his lack of football this past season.

The Hammers are looking to splash the cash on a new striker this summer, with Andy Carroll still injury-prone whilst Diafra Sakho and Enner Valencia have failed to prove themselves as regular goalscorers.

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A host of big-name strikers have been linked with moves to East London, as West Ham hope to splash teh cash on a new goalscorer as they move into the Olympic Stadium this summer.

Now, a new name has been touted for the job, as The Sun report that West Ham are planning a big-money move for Lyon star Nabil Fekir, who is believed to be rated at around £20m.

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Fekir, 22, was born in Lyon and made his way up through the ranks with his hometown club, before becoming a star with the French side last season.

Fekir, who can play up front of as an attacking midfielder, hit 15 goals in all competitions to become a French international, before a friendly against Portugal back in September saw disaster strike for Fekir, as he tore three ligaments in his knee, ruling him out for most of the season.

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That means that Fekir played just nine games this past season, though his return of four goals in that time again underlines just how impressive he is when able to play.

It's now believed that West Ham are preparing a move for Fekir, and with a fee of around £20m mentioned, the Hammers must be confident that Fekir is fully recovered from that knee injury, and landing a player who was so impressive in the 2014/15 season could be a huge coup for the Hammers.

Fekir is known for his superb dribbling and close control, and the report adds that whilst Fekir could be seen as the striker West Ham need, his versatility means he may also be considered as an insurance policy in case compatriot Dimitri Payet ends up leaving West Ham in the near future.

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