Report: West Ham and West Brom join race for Mario Lemina

West Ham United, West Bromwich Albion, Newcastle United, Liverpool and Southampton have all been linked with Marseille’s Mario Lemina.

West Ham United and West Bromwich Albion have joined the race for the signature of Mario Lemina, according to La Provence.

Lemina is on the books of Ligue 1 outfit Marseille at the moment, having joined them from French rivals Lorient in 2013.

French publication La Provence has claimed that Premier League duo West Ham and West Brom have shown interest in signing the midfielder this summer.

Other interested clubs

There are three other English clubs reportedly keen on recruiting the 21-year-old before the start of the 2015-16 campaign.

Earlier this month, The Daily Mail reported of Newcastle United’s interest in Lemina, with the same British newspaper claiming that Liverpool have been keeping tabs on him.

Foot Mercato later reported that Southampton are interested in adding the youngster to their current squad for the 2015-16 season.

Mario Lemina stats

Lemina has been on the books of Marseille since 2013, when he joined them from French rivals Lorient.

During the 2013-14 season, the youngster made 14 appearances in Ligue 1, creating three chances in the process.

Lemina had a pass accuracy of 88%, and won eight headers, eight dribbles and 24 tackles.

Last season, the Marseille midfielder scored two goals and created 12 chances in 23 Ligue 1 appearances.

Lemina had a pass accuracy of 90% and a shot accuracy of 40%, and won 12 headers, 24 dribbles and 40 tackles.

Which club should Mario Lemina choose?

It seems that Lemina has a number of clubs to choose from, if indeed he wants to leave and Marseille are willing to let him go.

West Ham, West Brom, Liverpool, Newcastle and Southampton are all attractive prospects, and it would be tough for the French youngster to settle on one particular team.

Perhaps Lemina should move to a club where he will get the most playing time.

At this stage of his career, the youngster needs to play regularly and develop, which means that he cannot afford to spend too much time on the substitutes’ bench.

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