West Ham interested in signing Arsenal's Egyptian midfielder Elneny: Report

Ahram Online , Tuesday 9 Jan 2018

Aesnal's midfielder Mohamed El neny (Reuters)

West Ham United are reportedly interested in signing Arsenal's Egyptian midfielder Mohamed Elneny in the winter transfer window.

Sky Sports reported on Tuesday that Arsenal duo Francis Coquelin and Elneny are among the players being considered by West Ham as manager David Moyes attempts to strengthen his midfield options this month.

The report added that West Ham's interest comes as the duo have been used sparingly by manager Arsene Wenger in the Premier League this season, with Granit Xhaka and Aaron Ramsey his preferred pairing in midfield.

Stoke City's Joe Allen, Sporting CP's Steven N'Zonzi, Sporting CP's William Carvalho and Newcastle's Jonjo Shelvey are also among the candidates to join The Hammers, along with Coquelin and Elneny, according to Sky sources.

The 25-year-old Elneny joined the Gunners in January 2016 from Swiss side Basel in a deal worth around £5m, scoring twice in 54 matches since his arrival.

The Pharaohs player helped Arsenal win the Community Shield in the season curtain-raiser following a 4-1 shootout win over Chelsea in August, but he has mostly been consigned to a bit-part role since then.

He only made 14 appearances in all competitions so far this season, including five in the Premier League.

Elneny is a regular member of Egypt's squad and was instrumental in helping the Pharaohs qualify for their first World Cup finals since 1990.

Coquelin, 26, joined Arsenal from French side Stade Lavallois in July 2008 and has made over 150 appearances for the club, despite spending loan spells at Lorient, Freiburg and Charlton.

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