Report: West Ham and Aston Villa targeting Harold Moukoudi

West Ham United manager Manuel Pellegrini during the Premier League match between West Ham United and Arsenal FC at London Stadium on January 12, 2019 in London, United Kingdom.

Le Havre defender Harold Moukoudi was linked with Premier League outfit West Ham United and Championship side Aston Villa in the summer transfer window.

Le Havre's French defender Harold Moukoudi passes the ball during the French League Cup football match between Le Havre (HAC) and Nimes (NO) on December 18, 2018 at the Oceane stadium in...

Cast your mind back to August and West Ham United were in talks to sign the highly-rated Le Havre defender Harold Moukoudi for around £10 million, according to the Mail.

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.

Manager of Aston Villa Steve Bruce during the pre season friendly match between Aston Villa and Watford  at Villa Park on July 29, 2017 in Birmingham, England.

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.

Le Havre's French defender Harold Moukoudi vies for the ball with Nimes' French forward Clement Depres during the French League Cup football match between Le Havre and Nimes on December 19,...

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