Newcastle United and West Ham United are both keeping a watch on Lorient star Enzo Le Fee
According to 90min, Premier League sides Newcastle United and West Ham United are both interested in the services of Lorient midfielder Enzo Le Fee.
The Frenchman is enjoying an impressive campaign as Lorient find themselves in fourth place in Ligue 1 after 13 games played. They next face defending champions Paris Saint-Germain, a real test that could underline their credentials as contenders for a European spot.
Having come through the youth system at Stade du Moustoir, Le Fee is steadily but surely making a name for himself in the league. With two goals and assists apiece from 13 games this season, the midfielder has shown the ability to make a telling impact on games.
Primarily a central midfielder, Le Fee’s strengths lie in going forward and carving out opportunities for his teammates. Technically proficient and with an eye for a pass, the 22-year-old is nicely shaping himself into a dominant presence in the middle of the park.
This has brought him to the attention of several Premier League sides. West Ham, one of the teams in the fray could do with such a player on their roster. Signing him could be a way forward for a side that might lose talismanic skipper Declan Rice in the coming transfer windows.
Having already signed Lucas Paqueta, David Moyes could pair the Argentine with Le Fee while Tomas Soucek acts as the defensive midfielder. It could give the Hammers better balance going forward, making Jarrod Bowen and Gianluca Scamacca’s lives easier.
Newcastle, on the other hand, are a team on the rise and finds themselves challenging for a top-four spot. It is only going to get better for the middle east funded club in the coming years, and the onus will be on Eddie Howe to continue their upward momentum.
Landing Le Fee will offer the Magpies better balance in the midfield. Partnering the Frenchman with Bruno Guimaraes should give Howe and co the foundations they need to build a winning team.
Le Fee’s contract with Lorient expires in 2024. The Ligue 1 side are keen to see him sign an extension, but that could prove difficult should he continue to attract attention from elsewhere. Should an impasse in negotiations be reached, there is every chance the 22-year-old could move on the cheap.
As long as Le Fee keeps up his performance levels, there should be no shortage of suitors. A strong showing against the PSG duo of Marco Verratti and Vitinha at the weekend will certainly alert more clubs to his potential.