West Ham: 'No doubt' David Moyes wants to sign £40m star at the London Stadium

West Ham United boss David Moyes in the dugout

West Ham are definitely in the race to sign Leicester City midfielder Youri Tielemans but they’re behind London rivals Tottenham and Arsenal in the pecking order, according to transfer insider Dean Jones.

David Moyes has already made three signings this window, but the Hammers boss could look to make further signings in the middle.

What’s the latest news involving Tielemans?

According to ExWHUemployee when speaking on The West Ham Way last month, the London Stadium outfit could make an approach for the Belgium international, who’s entered the final year of his King Power Stadium contract.

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But West Ham face stiff competition from Arsenal. Alex Crook told GiveMeSport that the Gunners, who were reportedly close to sealing a £40m deal earlier this summer, have ramped up their interest in the midfielder, with talks currently ongoing.

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West Ham recently added to their central options by bringing in Flynn Downes, although he’s never played in the Premier League, while Tielemans is an experienced international and offers far more quality.

What did Jones say about Tielemans?

He told GIVEMESPORT: “They’re in for Tielemans, there’s no doubt about that, but they’re in a battle against Tottenham and Arsenal, and at the moment, West Ham are ranked third out of his choices of where he would end up.”

Do West Ham have any chance of signing Tielemans?

Following their seventh place finish, Moyes’ team can offer Tielemans European football, albeit the third-tier Europa Conference League.

Regardless, it’s going to be extremely difficult to convince the Belgian to make the move when he has offers like Arsenal and Tottenham on the table.

Not only are the north London rivals both playing in a higher European competition next season, but their transfer business would suggest they’ve got bigger ambitions than the Hammers heading into the new campaign.

Therefore, while West Ham aren’t likely to cool their interest while Tielemans is still available, they’re always going to be up against it when competing against teams from the top six.

With Tomas Soucek’s future at the London Stadium currently in doubt following a breakdown in talks over a new contract, Moyes is clearly in the market for a new midfielder, but Tielemans is slightly ambitious at this stage.

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