According to Claret and Hugh, David Moyes’ outfit is lining up a swoop for the Englishman and are somewhat confident of securing the player.
Reportedly, the 32-year-old’s future at Anfield has been ‘on hold’ for some time but it has now been confirmed he will be ending his six-year association with the Reds at the end of this campaign.
On Wednesday, it was revealed that the Englishman had signed a short-term contract extension to stay with the Reds until the end of the season as his previous deal was set to end on 30th June (per BBC).
While Lallana on a free transfer from Liverpool may initially appear to be a good move for the Hammers, his statistics may suggest otherwise.
This season, the Englishman has been the fifth-worst performer for Jurgen Klopp’s side with a weak 6.34/10 average rating (per WhoScored).
However, the 25-year-old is believed to be eyeing a transfer to clubs like Arsenal, Tottenham or Everton and he has tasked super-agent Pini Zahavi to find him a move to a team that matches his sporting ambitions.
Whether the Hammers would have had the funds to sign Sanson anyway, it does seem unlikely, with reports indicating that he could be sold for a fee in the region of €50m (£45m).
Marseille are, though, in financial difficulties and a number of senior players are said to be up for sale which could see Sanson leave for a much lower price.
Even if that was the case, a switch to the London Stadium always appeared to be unrealistic, with West Ham also keen on snapping up another midfielder, Tomas Soucek, on a permanent basis.