Report: West Ham submit £6.85m bid for Lyon's Rachid Ghezzal after eight-goal season

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West Ham United are reportedly keen on Lyon star Rachid Ghezzal.

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According to major French newspaper L'Equipe, West Ham United today submitted a bid of €8m (£6.85m) for Lyon winger Rachid Ghezzal.

Ghezzal, 24, joined Lyon back in 2004 as he penned a youth deal with his hometown club, and he's been making his way up through the ranks with the Ligue 1 side ever since.

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Last season, Ghezzal - primarily a winger - scored eight goals and hit eight assists in Ligue 1 last season, and his performances appear to have triggered interest.

L'Equipe report that West Ham today submitted a bid of €8m (£6.85m) for Ghezzal, in what would be a surprise move given the club's existing options out wide.

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Ghezzal is no stranger to West Ham summer signing Sofiane Feghouli, given that they play together for the Algerian national team, and a reunion may be on the cards if L'Equipe's report is to be belived.

It's stated that Ghezzal will hold further talks with Lyon later this week about extending his contract with the club, given that his current deal ends next summer, but West Ham appear to have given the French side something to think about with an opening offer today.

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Ultimately though, the last thing West Ham need right now is another attacking midfielder or winger. Dimitri Payet, Manuel Lanzini and Michail Antonio will all be competing for roles having starred last season, whilst manager Slaven Bilic has brought in Feghouli, Gokhan Tore and Andre Ayew this summer, all of whom are capable of playing out wide.

Antonio could be shifted to right back permanently whilst Ayew may play up front, but signing another winger this summer would be a massive surprise from West Ham, as talented as Ghezzal is - unless there are concerns that star man Payet could leave the club in the near future.

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