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Moyes preparing for season two

Filed: Thursday, 22nd February 2018
By: Staff Writer

David Moyes is eyeing a number of summer transfer targets - despite being out of contract this May.

The Scottish manager has been credited with transforming West Ham's season since replacing Slaven Bilic last November. And despite his short-term deal set to expire just three months from now, Moyes has been involved with the scouting of several potential arrivals.

One of his key targets appears to be Scottish midfielder John McGinn, who Moyes was reported to have watched in person last weekend when the 23-year-old's current club Hibs faced Aberdeen.

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Midfielder McGinn, who made his full international debut two years ago next month is a regular in the Scotland squad and was part of the Hibernian team that won the Scottish League Cup in 2015/16 for the first time ever.

He was the subject of a 750,000 bid from Championship outfit Nottingham Forest last August, an offer that was instantly rejected by the Easter Road-based side.

This week Moyes has also been linked with moves for FC Twente's Joel Drommel - a 6'4" goalkeeper to potentially replace the on-loan Joe Hart - and Metz's Luxembourg midfielder Vincent Thill, who made his full international debut at the age of just 16.

In other transfer news, West Ham are hoping to lure highly-rated French midfielder Jonathan Bamba across the channel at the end of the current campaign.

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The 21-year-old, who currently features for Ligue 1 club Saint Etienne is out of contract this summer. And according to sources in France, his decision not to sign an extension at the Stade Geoffroy-Guichard arena has alerted a string of Premier League clubs.

Unsurprisingly perhaps West Ham are one of the clubs cited as having expressed an interest in the soon-to-be-free Bamba, who emerged through the Les Verts youth system before breaking into the first team earlier in the campaign.

Prior to his breakthrough at Saint Etienne, the 5'9" midfielder spent time on loan with Ligue 2 side Paris FC, Belgian side Sint-Truiden and Ligue 1 Angers SCO. Newcastle, Crystal Palace and Huddersfield are also reported to have expressed interest in landing Bamba.

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