Report: West Ham keen on Etienne Capoue; Watford would want £12m to sell

David Moyes, Manager of West Ham United looks on prior to the Premier League match between AFC Bournemouth and West Ham United at Vitality Stadium on December 26, 2017 in Bournemouth,...

West Ham United are reportedly interested in signing Watford midfielder Etienne Capoue during the January transfer window.

Etienne Capoue of Watford is challenged by Jonathan Hogg of Huddersfield Town during the Premier League match between Watford and Huddersfield Town at Vicarage Road on December 16, 2017 in...Etienne Capoue

According to a report from the Daily Mail, West Ham are fans of Watford midfielder Etienne Capoue, and the Hornets are open to selling the 29-year-old if a £12 million bid comes in.

Capoue has been a key player for Watford since their return to the Premier League, making 79 top flight appearances for the club following his move from Tottenham in 2015.

Watford manager Marco Silva looks on  during the pre-season friendly match between AFC Wimbledon and Watford at The Cherry Red Records Stadium on July 15, 2017 in Kingston upon Thames,...

Last season, the Frenchman was fantastic for the side, scoring seven times to finish as the club's second highest goalscorer in the league. This season however, it has been a lot more of a struggle for the holding midfielder.

He has started just four times, making a further five appearances from the bench for Marco Silva's men. And now the Mail reports that Watford may be prepared to sell Capoue this month, and he may be ready to leave Vicarage Road.

The Mail adds that the Irons are fans of his, but Watford's asking price is set to be around the £12 million mark, and there is no indication whether their Premier League rivals would be willing to meet that price.

David Moyes, Manager of West Ham United looks on prior to the Premier League match between AFC Bournemouth and West Ham United at Vitality Stadium on December 26, 2017 in Bournemouth,...

While Capoue was often exceptional last season, it may not be too great a surprise if the Hammers fans need to be convinced about whether he would be a good target to go after as they look to get themselves out of trouble in the top flight.

West Ham's transfer record in recent years has been mixed, and going after a player who is at an age where he would presumably not have too long left at his best, and is not actually in the best form right now may seem like a questionable idea at this stage.

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