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French club make statement on West Ham transfer target

Toulouse coach Dominique Arribage has confirmed that West Ham United transfer target Wissam Ben Yedder will not be leaving the club before the end of the transfer window.

The Franco-Tunisian forward has been monitored by Slaven Bilic’s side, according to the Mirror, with the Croatian coach seeing the versatile forward as an ideal addition to the team’s forward line.

The tabloid report that the attacker would cost £6 million, and could be a replacement for Enner Valencia—who has had ligament trouble—and injured pair Mauro Zarate and Andy Carroll.

There have also been concerns about another striker, Diafra Sakho, who was arrested this week after making a threat to kill someone. This latest controversy came after he was previously arrested ahead of the opening game of the season for an alleged assault, according to the Express.

Ben Yedder can feature on both flanks, as well as as a central striker, and could have been an ideal option to lead the line for the Hammers.

However, according to Le TFC manager Arribage, as per L’Equipe, the attacker is not for sale, despite Ben Yedder’s own desire to move on.

“Will Wissam leave?” he began, speaking after Toulouse’s 3-1 defeat to Rennes on Saturday, “no, I don’t think so.

“I think he’ll stay with us,” he continued.

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“As the days go by, it is becoming harder for him to leave, because it would be difficult to find ourselves again after that.”

When questioned about Ben Yedder’s no-show against Rennes, Arribage denied that it was because of the ongoing transfer rumours: “I thought this week that there were players who performed better in training,” the coach continued, “that’s why Wissam didn’t start.”