West Ham had a scout in attendance to watch Lyon striker Moussa Dembele start against Bordeaux on Saturday, according to the Daily Mail.
Representatives from Tottenham, Manchester United, Manchester City and Chelsea were also in the stands to see the Frenchman play a crucial role as he scored and provided an assist in the 2-1 win.
The Hammers are looking for a striker this month as they look to provide support to Sebastien Haller, but it would be a surprise if they had the funds to persuade Lyon into selling up.
The Ligue One club’s president Jean-Michel Aulas is adamant that Dembele won’t be sold in the January transfer window:
“We have not changed our minds. We already made this issue clear in August. Moussa is an excellent player. A player who we need.”
“We are taking explicit measures in our recruitment to not bring someone in who will compete for his position. It is not a question of money. Moussa will be with us.”
Whether Aulas is just playing hardball, it remains to be seen. Dembele has been in good form this campaign, having scored 14 goals and contributed four assists in 28 appearances.
The 23-year-old has been at Lyon for just eighteen months, after moving from Scottish champions Celtic in August 2018.