West Ham manager David Moyes is keen on Arsenal trio Folarin Balogun, Reiss Nelson and Albert Sambi Lokonga, with there being a possibility that, at least, one of these players could be used in a part-exchange offer for Declan Rice, according to FootballTransfers.com.
Balogun has been in outstanding form out on loan in France with Stade de Reims where he has racked up 20 goals in 36 appearances.
Lokonga was loaned out to Crystal Palace in January, although the Belgian has struggled somewhat at Selhurst Park. Nelson’s situation is slightly different to the other two. The winger’s contract is set to expire this summer so he would probably only be used in a swap deal if he signs a new deal.
With Balogun said to be valued at the £30m to £35m mark, it may lead to the Hammers accepting a smaller fee up front for Rice if the striker is included. Lokonga is worth a lot less so it wouldn’t impact that much on the reported £120m asking price.
A Split Between West Ham’s Board and Moyes
FootballTransfers.com claim that David Moyes is open to players being included in any offer for Rice while the club’s owners would prefer a straight cash deal.
With Chelsea and Manchester United also interested, it will be interesting to see whether they also propose deals with players included.