West Ham Lead the Race to Bring Djibril Sidibe Back to the Premier League

Sep 19, 2020, 11:45 AM GMT+1
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West Ham lead the race to sign Djibril Sidibe | James Williamson - AMA/Getty Images

Exclusive: West Ham lead the race to secure the services of Djibril Sidibe and bring the defender back to the Premier League, with Wolves and Newcastle also in pursuit.

Sidibe spent the 2019/20 season on loan at Everton, where he made 25 appearances in the top flight.

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Sidibe spent last season on loan at Everton | Visionhaus/Getty Images

Toffees boss Carlo Ancelotti opted not to make the Frenchman's move to Goodison Park permanent, but the Premier League may not have seen the last of the 28-year-old.

90min understands West Ham currently lead the chase to secure Sidibe's signature, but Wolves and Newcastle are also eying up the defender.

Sidibe’s current club Monaco are prepared to let him head out on loan again this season, but only if a permanent deal is included as part of the move.

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Everton rejected the opportunity to sign Sidibe permanently | Ben Early - AMA/Getty Images

Everton had the option to purchase the player at the end of his loan spell, but opted to not take this up.

The 2019/20 season was Sidibe’s first playing outside of his native France. The right back began his career with Ligue 2 outfit Troyes, before earning a move to Lille in 2012 after helping his boyhood club to promotion to the top flight.

He joined Monaco in 2016 and enjoyed a stunning debut season with the club. Monaco won the French title for the first time in 17 years and Sidibe was an integral part of their success - being named in the Ligue 1 team of the year.

Sidibe has been with Monaco since 2016 | VALERY HACHE/Getty Images

The World Cup winner's contract expires in 2022, but he started Monaco's season opener against Metz and was praised for his display by boss Niko Kovac.

“I am very happy with his performance,” Kovac said, as quoted by the Monaco Tribune.

“He showed he was ready, in good shape. He has significant experience with the French national team and recently in the Premier League, which can add to the team. I don’t think there were any chances from his flank, that’s what I expect from a player.”