According to reports, West Ham United could make a move for Mathieu Debuchy with the defender sure to draw a line under his unhappy spell at Arsenal when the transfer window opens in July.
Eager to win back his place in the France team, the right-back agitated for a move in January, settling for a loan deal with Bordeaux when Arsene Wenger blocked apparent interest from Manchester United.
The return to Ligue 1 did little to turn the head of national team coach Didier Deschamps, although it was a thigh injury, picked up at the tail end of the season, that ultimately killed off his chances of playing in EURO 2016.
The Gunners signed Debuchy from Newcastle United for a fee in the region of £10 million. As he’s still under contract at the Emirates we can expect to recoup some of that, even if his stock has fallen considerably since losing his place to Hector Bellerin.
Were Debuchy to move to West Ham he’d be following in the footsteps of Carl Jenkinson who spent 18 months on loan at Upton Park before his season was ended prematurely by damage to his cruciate ligaments.
While the East End side’s two chairmen, David Gold and David Sullivan, have already suggested the Hammers will throw the cash around this summer before they move to the Olympic stadium it seems a little odd they’d chase another right-back having signed Sam Byram from Leeds in January.
We’re going for a viscous seven on the poo-o-meter scale: