Transfers: Lorient wants Alphonse Areola (West Ham) on loan

Lorient’s recruitment cell will have to be particularly effective in this last week of the transfer window. The Merlus, who are busy finding an eccentric striker and a center forward, have also made the goalkeeper position a priority. And they do not target anyone, or anywhere: at the Blues. After having sounded the track leading to Benjamin Lecomte, briefly spent in the France team and close to a return to Montpellierthe FCL tries the one leading to Alphonse Areola, a regular in the group of Didier Deschamps.

The prospect of having playing time appeals to Areola

The Breton club, which lost Yvon Mvogo until the end of the season, has passed on a six-month loan offer to West Ham for the 2018 world champions. For Areola, who has only been able to make two Premier League and six Europa League Conference appearances with the Hammers this season, the prospect of a having game time is interesting. It would allow him to be a credible candidate to apply for a place at the next gathering of the Blues, in March. A date all the more important as the cards will be reshuffled in the French hierarchy after the international retreats of Hugo Lloris and of Steve Mandanda.

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