West Ham join race for Mathieu Valbuena

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Marseille midfielder Mathieu Valbuena is set to leave the French outfit this summer and West Ham have emerged as one of the many contenders looking to acquire his signature, according to the Guardian.

The Hammers have joined QPR in pursuit of the 29-year-old with both clubs having opened negotiations with Marseille over a potential £6.5 million move to take the star to London.

Marseille’s new manager, Marcelo Bielsa, has accepted the fact the player is intent upon departing despite being under contract until 2017 and he is therefore no longer part of his plans.

Dynamo Moscow had agreed a fee to sign the Frenchman however it is understood that the player rejected the move as he is not keen on going to Russia and would much rather England or Spain.

Great signing

With it well documented that West Ham manager Sam Allardyce is still in the transfer market for quality, affordable recruits, Valbuena would provide just that and at £6.5million they would be getting an absolute bargain.

The France international was one of the stand-out performers at the World Cup in Brazil, creating 12 chances over the course of the tournament, including one assist and scoring one goal. Only Karim Benzema created more chances than Valbuena, sparking talk of interest from a number of clubs.

The Marseille man also created 89 chances in Ligue 1 last campaign, more than any other player, so he would be a stellar addition to a West Ham side that often struggles to create genuine goalscoring opportunities.


Valbuena is an explosive player who is capable of creating something out of nothing. He has great desire and ability to beat a man and create something for his teammates, which is just what the doctor ordered at Upton Park.

He has often been deployed as a winger but he can also play in the number ten role just off of the striker, his intelligence and creative nature allows him to do this and he could prove to be a great supplement to the Hammers front line.

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To get the best out of the diminutive midfielder you have to let him roam free and create space, he will be sure to find it and exploit it.

Furthermore his tenacious style and work rate is another major factor as to why he would fit in perfectly in east London playing under Big Sam.

Other competition

Valbuena has been perennially linked with Arsenal for a number of transfer windows, while Liverpool have also been mentioned as a possible destination over the past few months but their interest has seemingly cooled of late.

The Frenchman would require steep wages, and QPR are not short of cash and would be willing to meet the midfielder’s demands.

However if Allardyce is serious about turning West Ham into entertainers once again, Valbuena is just the type of signing he should be busting his gut to capture.

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