And, five months later, it seems that the Hammers are still very much interested despite failing to snap up the centre-back before the end of the summer transfer window.
Made In Foot report that Manuel Pellegrini’s side are one of a number of teams across the continent who are interested in France’s latest rising defensive star. Wolfsburg, Sevilla, Dortmund and Napoli are also keeping close tabs on Moukoudi and so too are Aston Villa.
Like West Ham, Villa were heavily linked with the 21-year-old over the summer but he turned down a move to the Midlands, telling France Bleu that Steve Bruce’s style of play was at odds with his own cultured, ball-playing style.
Interestingly, Moukoudi has so far refused to extend a contract that will expire in the summer and, as a result, Le Havre’s chiefs have ordered manager Oswald Tanchot to stop selecting him for matches.
Although West Ham and Aston Villa could be left disappointed again. Made In Foot add that Moukoudi hopes to remain in France for the time being with Lyon, Rennes, Nice and St Etienne interested.