Report: West Ham in last-ditch bid to hijack Idrissa Gueye's Everton move, will pay release clause

Stoke's Charlie Adam in action with Aston Villa's Idrissa Gueye

West Ham are hoping to beat Everton to the signing of Aston Villa midfielder Idrissa Gueye, according to reports.

Stoke's Charlie Adam in action with Aston Villa's Idrissa GueyeStoke's Charlie Adam in action with Aston Villa's Idrissa Gueye

According to The Sun, West Ham United are ready to make a last-ditch attempt to hijack Everton's move for Aston Villa midfielder Idrissa Gueye.

Gueye, 26, joined Villa from Lille last summer, and despite Villa's relegation to the Championship, he impressed many with his energy in midfield.

Aston Villa's Idrissa Gueye in action with Bournemouth's Lewis GrabbanAston Villa's Idrissa Gueye in action with Bournemouth's Lewis Grabban

The Senegal international had stats comparable to N'Golo Kante in terms of tackling and intercepting, but whilst Kante has signed for Chelsea in a big-money deal, Gueye is available for just £7.1m thanks to a release clause in his Aston Villa contract.

ESPN reported late last week that Everton had activated that release clause, and Gueye was undergoing a medical ahead of a proposed move to Goodison Park.

West Brom's Claudio Yacob in action with Aston Villa's Idrissa GueyeWest Brom's Claudio Yacob in action with Aston Villa's Idrissa Gueye

There appears to have been a major delay in the deal though, and The Sun now claim that West Ham United have entered the race at the last minute, and are also agreeing to pay the £7.1m release clause.

The Hammers have already snapped up one midfielder this summer in Havard Nordtveit, but with some question marks over the Norwegian's long-term position having started at centre back against Domzale, manager Slaven Bilic may yet want to bring in another midfielder this summer.

Arsenal's Francis Coquelin and Mesut Ozil in action with Aston Villa's Idrissa GueyeArsenal's Francis Coquelin and Mesut Ozil in action with Aston Villa's Idrissa Gueye

Gueye appears to be his midfielder of choice, and it's claimed that West Ham are hoping to talk Gueye into rejecting Everton in favour of East London.

If true, Gueye will have a big decision on his hands, though may have a greater chance of playing first-team football at Everton given how desperate Ronald Koeman is to bring in a new central midfielder this summer.

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