Report: West Ham wanted Rennes winger Ismaila Sarr

Rennes' Senegalese midfielder Ismaila Sarr (R) reacts after scoring during the French Ligue 1 football match between Stade Rennais FC and Guingamp EAG at the Roazhon Park stadium in the...

West Ham United have been linked with Ismaila Sarr.

Rennes' Senegalese midfielder Ismaila Sarr (R) reacts after scoring during the French Ligue 1 football match between Stade Rennais FC and Guingamp EAG at the Roazhon Park stadium in the...

According to L'Equipe, Watford are set to sign Rennes winger Ismaila Sarr in a deal totalling €35million (£32million), beating West Ham United to his signature.

The Hornets have been a little quiet in the summer transfer window so far, but may finish with a flourish thanks to a move for Sarr.

The Senegalese speedster has been a top target for Watford this summer, and now appear to have settled on a deal worth €30million (£27.5million) up front, and €5million (£4.5million) in add-ons.

 

That would be a hugely ambitious move from Watford, as Sarr has been linked with some huge Premier League clubs in recent times, especially after hitting 12 goals and eight assists last season.

Watford fans will be excited to see the 21-year-old arrive, and they appear to have fended off West Ham for his signature, with the report claiming the Hammers were a contender for his signature.

Sarr would have been a perfect addition for Manuel Pellegrini's side, offering a natural, speedy winger alongside creative players like Felipe Anderson and Manuel Lanzini.

Ismaila Sarr of Rennes and Anthony Caci of Strasbourg during the Ligue 1 match between Strasbourg and Rennes at La Meinau Stadium on May 18, 2019 in Strasbourg, France.

However, having splashed out on Pablo Fornals and Sebastien Haller, West Ham's budget doesn't really have room for a £32million winger anymore.

They've surely missed out on Sarr, and will now have to play against him this coming season, which is far from ideal; they'll just have to hope he doesn't come back to haunt them.

Ismaila Sarr #7 of Stade Rennais FC reacts after scoring during the penalty session of the Coupe de France Final match between Stade Rennais and Paris Saint-Germain at Stade de France on...

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