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West Ham set to launch £30 million bid for former Celtic striker Dembele

West Ham United have been linked with a £30 million move for Lyon striker Moussa Dembele, with the Ligue 1 club reportedly keen to sell the Frenchman.

The 24-year-old first came to attention after making his senior debut at Fulham back in 2013, with the former Paris Saint-Germain youth product going on to score 19 goals in 63 games for the club in all competitions, before sealing a move to Celtic in 2016.

The forward then enjoyed a trophy-laden spell at Celtic Park, winning back to back domestic trebles, including the 2016/17 ‘Invincible’ season in which Brendan Rodgers side went an entire domestic season unbeaten.

That two-year spell saw Dembele net a perfect hat-trick in an Old Firm derby, as well as bagging a brace against Manchester City in the Champions League group stages, before he was snapped up by Lyon in 2018.

The former France U21 international has continued to find the back of the net with his current side, including netting two off the bench against City again in last season’s Champions League quarter-finals. That being said, he has reportedly become frustrated with his lack of game time at present, with Memphis Depay often preferred through the middle.

Such frustrations have pricked the ears of a number of interested parties, with The Sun reporting that West Ham are set to move for the player as Lyon potentially seek to cash in.

The report suggests that Manchester United also retain an interest in the player, while current Hammers boss David Moyes is seemingly an admirer of the forward.

Any move for Dembele would no doubt bolster Moyes’ relatively thin options up top, with big money signing Sebastian Haller yet to deliver and in-form forward Michail Antonio not a striker by trade.

The Premier League side would though have to submit a substantial bid of over £30m to have any chance of capturing their man.

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