Report: Sunderland and West Ham United in battle for Hakim Ziyech

Sunderland manager Sam Allardyce

Sunderland, West Ham United, Southampton, Arsenal, Swansea City and Watford are all supposedly interested in signing Hakim Ziyech.

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	West Ham United co chairman David Sullivan after the press conference

According to a report on TeamTalk, West Ham United and Sunderland are both aiming to sign Hakim Ziyech from FC Twente this summer.

West Ham and Sunderland are amongst a clutch of Premier League clubs who have been alerted to the 23-year-old’s talents.

Arsenal, Southampton, Swansea City and Watford are all also reportedly keen on the attacking midfielder.

Ziyech was one of the stars in the Eredivisie last season, when he netted 17 goals in 33 appearances for FC Twente.

The Moroccan international appears to be one of the brightest talents in the Dutch league.

Ziyech has two years left on his current deal at FC Twente, but the financial power of Premier League clubs means that they may be powerless to resist if a team from England’s top flight make a sizeable offer.

West Ham have already been active in the transfer window, signing both Håvard Nordtveit and Sofiane Feghouli.

Sunderland are yet to complete a transfer, but they are expected to invest in their squad, to try to ensure they are not dragged into a relegation fight again next term.

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