Should West Ham reignite Partey interest following midfielder's comments?

Manuel Pellegrini, Manager of Manchester City faces the media during a press conference ahead of the UEFA Champions League Semi Final second leg match between Real Madrid and Manchester...

Premier League outfit West Ham United were credited with an interest in the Atletico Madrid star Thomas Partey last year, a regular in La Liga last season.

Thomas Teye Partey of Atletico de Madrid celebrates scoring their third goal during the La Liga match between Club Atletico Madrid and UD Las Palmas at Estadio Wanda Metropolitano on...

After Mark Noble and Chekhou Kouyate struggled through last season, West Ham United have been putting plenty of effort into enhancing their midfield options.

Jack Wilshere has already signed in a potentially inspired free transfer from Arsenal but The Hammers have been left frustrated in pursuit of other targets, a la Joe Allen or Tom Cairney, while a deal for France World Cup finalist Steven N’Zonzi seems unlikely.

So West Ham should take note of some rather intriguing comments made by Thomas Partey after he was named Ghana’s Player of the Year.

"At the moment, I am happy at my club but in football, you never know when and where you'll be in the next day or year,” the 25-year-old Atletico Madrid midfielder, who only signed a new deal until 2022 in March, told ESPN.

Ghana's midfielder Thomas Partey (C, #5) takes a penalty kick against Japan during their international friendly football match between Japan and Ghana at Nissan Stadium in Yokohama on May...

"The Premier League is a good league, it's very competitive and has some of the best players in the world. Hopefully, one day. I would like to play there. My agents are on it so I will leave everything for them.”

West Ham were linked with Partey last year via Ghana SoccerNet and the 2018 Europa League winner is certainly the sort of midfielder that should appeal to the club’s purist manager Manuel Pellegrini.

Partey is a skilful, confident and versatile central midfielder who can also play at right-back if required. He even started 28 La Liga matches for Diego Simeone’s side last season and has earned the trust of one of the most difficult-to-please managers around.

AS claims that there is a £71 million release clause in Partey’s contract but, after he flirted publically with the Premier League, there’s nothing to stop West Ham reigniting their interest.

Thomas Partey of Atletico Madrid goes past Laurent Koscielny of Arsenal during the UEFA Europa League Semi Final leg one match between Arsenal FC and Atletico Madrid at Emirates Stadium on...

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