West Ham United eyeing Marseille’s Mattéo Guendouzi as potential Declan Rice replacement

According to Roshane Thomas  of The Athletic, West Ham United are reportedly showing interest in Marseille midfielder Mattéo Guendouzi (24) as they anticipate the departure of Declan Rice in the upcoming summer transfer window. The England international is expected to leave the club amidst keen interest from Arsenal, Newcastle United, and Manchester United.

Rice’s contract with West Ham expires in 2024, with an option for a further year. However, the Hammers are bracing for his departure and have begun searching for a suitable replacement. West Ham has identified Guendouzi as a potential candidate to fill the midfield void left by Rice.

Guendouzi, who made 82 appearances for Arsenal between 2018 and 2020, joined Marseille after his tenure with the Gunners. The 24-year-old midfielder has earned seven caps for the French national team and has impressed during his time with Arsenal under then-manager Unai Emery. However, his relationship with Mikel Arteta soured towards the end of the 2019-20 season, leading to his move to Marseille.

The French midfielder has two years remaining on his Marseille contract and has performed well this season, contributing five goals and five assists in 40 appearances across all competitions. West Ham believes that Guendouzi’s previous experience in English football would make any transition back to the Premier League seamless.

GFFN | George Boxall

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