West Ham dealt blow as Chelsea hijack deal for promising centre-back

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West Ham were believed to be favourites to sign Nice defender Malang Sarr, but Chelsea have reportedly moved in on the deal and are set to sign the 21-year-old defender.

According to a report from Telefoot journalist Saber Desfarges, West Ham target Malang Sarr has agreed to join Chelsea on a four-year deal.

Hammers boss David Moyes will be desperate to bolster his defence at the London Stadium this summer, but he may now have to turn his attention to other targets.

The young defender made made 19 Ligue 1 appearances for Nice last season. According to stats by Whoscored, in those gamds, the centre-back averaged one tackle, 1.9 interceptions and 1.4 clearances. He won an average of 0.7 aerial duals per game during those matches.

Sarr is a free agent this summer, and the Frenchman is seen as one with great potential.

Premier League legend Patrick Vieira raved about Sarr last year: “He has the personality of a leader. He answers simply and clearly. My role, with my staff, is to continue to make it progress, and to exchange with him so that he knows what the very high level is. We’ve seen it in the last few games, today Malang is better than it has been.”

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