The agent of West Ham United wing-back Arthur Masuaku has hinted that the player could leave the club this month.
Tuttomercatoweb reported on Wednesday that Roma, Monaco and Manchester United were all interested in the Hammers wideman.
And Panos Galarotis, Masuaku’s representative, told LaRoma24.it that ‘anything is possible’ during the January transfer window, despite insisting that his client is happy at West Ham.
The comments will likely increase speculation over the 24-year-old’s Hammers future, following an improvement in his displays since David Moyes took over as manager in November.
Meanwhile, Francesco Lingenti, an intermediary who has acted on behalf of Masuaku in the past, was also contacted by LaRoma24.it and suggested that West Ham’s asking price of around €20 million (£17.4 million) could be a stumbling block in getting any deal over the line.
He confirmed that there have tentative enquiries as to the availability of the versatile Irons man, but as yet no concrete offers.
Masuaku joined West Ham from the Greek side in 2016 but endured a difficult start to life in England, with injuries interrupting his debut season.
He was out of the picture under Slaven Bilic again this term, but Moyes’ arrival and a switch to a 3-5-2 formation has seen him become one of the team’s more exciting performers.
Operating largely on the left side of the midfield, Masuaku has license to roam up the West Ham flank with less emphasis on his defensive responsibilities.
Whilst a few months ago the claret and blue faithful may have been happy for the Hammers wide man to leave, it is a mark of how quickly things can turn around in football that most would now prefer to keep him at the club.
The figures being talked about are also indicative of the inflated market at present, given that if he had departed last summer West Ham would have been lucky to recoup the £6 million that they paid the year before.
Masuaku may feature in Saturday’s FA Cup clash with League One Wigan Athletic at the DW Stadium.