West Ham and Bournemouth target Terem Moffi signs for Nice

West Ham and Bournemouth miss out on Terem Moffi… as Ligue 1 club Nice announce they have signed the in-demand striker from Lorient

  • West Ham and Bournemouth were both interested in signing Terem Moffi
  • Moffi has now opted to join French club Nice over the two Premier League clubs
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Ligue 1 side Nice have beaten West Ham and Bournemouth to the signature of striker Terem Moffi.

West Ham held talks with Lorient over a £25m deal, while Bournemouth owner Bill Foley was keen to entice Moffi to the Vitality Stadium, but neither club managed to convince him.

The 23-year-old has now joined Nice on loan until the end of the season, and the French outfit have an obligation to sign him permanently in the summer. 

Terem Moffi chose to join Nice over West Ham and Bournemouth

Confirming the news on their official website on Tuesday afternoon, Nice president Jean-Pierre Rivère said: ‘We’re delighted that Terem’s determination to sign for OGC Nice, combined with our own, has led to this outcome. 

‘The support of our owner was also invaluable. It’s an investment that matches our ambitions.’

Sporting director Florent Ghisolfi added: ‘When it comes to the ideas that we want to implement and the identity that we want to establish, he’s the ideal striker.

‘Terem is capable of playing with his back to goal and of running in behind. He’s a modern striker, very pacy and very powerful. He has experience, and he fights for the team. 

Terem Moffi has netted 12 goals in 18 matches in Ligue 1 this season

‘He’s capable of making run after run whilst always keeping a cool head inside the box. In Ligue 1, he’s already set the standard. 

‘A new milestone awaits him at Nice, where he’ll get to play in Europe for the first time in the spring and will be one of the key men carrying the club’s lofty aims.’

Moffi has had an outstanding campaign in France, netting 12 goals in 18 league games for Lorient.

West Ham had been hoping to add him to their ranks after new signing Danny Ings picked up an injury on his debut for the club against Everton last week.

Bournemouth were also optimistic of getting a deal over the line, but will now have to turn their attention elsewhere in search of a forward to score the goals to keep them in the top-flight.

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