Report: West Ham considering battling Leicester City for Hatem Ben Arfa

David Unsworth, Caretaker Manager of Everton and David Moyes, Manager of West Ham United greet each other during the Premier League match between Everton and West Ham United at Goodison...

PSG will let Hatem Ben Arfa leave and it appears that Leicester City will have competition from West Ham United.

Hatem Ben Arfa #21 of Paris Saint-Germain in action against Leicester City during the 2016 International Champions Cup at StubHub Center on July 30, 2016 in Carson, California.

With Hatem Ben Arfa free to kick-start his career in January and put a nightmare 18 months at Paris Saint-Germain behind him, the expectation was that he would link up with Claude Puel again at Leicester City.

After all, Puel is one of the few managers to coax consistent genius out of the maverick Frenchman, the winger’s 18-goal 2015/16 season at Nice by far the most impressive of a jumbled career.

And, according to The Mail, Puel’s new employers, Leicester, are indeed interested in handing Ben Arfa the chance to return to England in the New Year. But they are not alone.

Claude Puel, Manager of Leicester City shows appreciation to the fans after the Premier League match between Stoke City and Leicester City at Bet365 Stadium on November 4, 2017 in Stoke on...

Because the report adds that West Ham have been sounded out about signing the former France international, who could be available on loan or let go on a free transfer after failing to play a single game in 2017/18 under PSG boss Unai Emery.

Ben Arfa is hardly the typical David Moyes signing with the Scot renowned for his liking of players who value perspiration as much as inspiration.

Hatem Ben Arfa of Newcastle celebrates scoring to make it 1-0 during the Barclays Premier League match between Newcastle United and Bolton Wanderers at the Sports Direct Arena on April 9,...

But with West Ham struggling near the bottom of the Premier League, and enduring a humiliating 4-0 thrashing at Everton on Wednesday night, Ben Arfa’s ability to produce something extraordinary out of very little may go down very well with the frustrated supporters.

As Ben Arfa showed during his mixed spell at Newcastle United, they are few more exciting players in the whole of Europe when at his very, very best.

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