The Algerian playmaker would add to West Ham’s already impressive transfer business.
Should the Hammers decide to pull the trigger though, landing the 27-year-old would make the East Londoners arguably the most successful club in the summer transfer window.
Montpellier's Ryad Boudebouz in action (L)
Slaven Bilic has added a host of exciting names to his squad at the London Stadium, with Premier League winners Joe Hart, Pablo Zabaletta and Javier Hernandez coming on board alongside Stoke’s Marko Arnautovic.
Adding Boudebouz’s creativity to that list would be a huge coup for the Croatian manager.
Paying Montpellier's asking price would effectively mean West Ham get a replacement for Dimitri Payet – who re-joined Marseille last January for a BBC-reported £25m - for a net profit of £11.5m.
No player in Europe’s top-five leagues made more key passes than the 117 Boudebouz managed last term according to Who Scored.
Deploying the Algerian international behind former Manchester United star Hernandez, with Arnautovic occupying one of the wings would make for an extremely exciting, and potentially destructive, forward line.
There have been plenty of Premier League clubs keen to splash the cash this summer, but it’s hard to argue too many will have spent as effectively as West Ham should they land Boudebouz.