Hammers target French left back

21 Jul, 2023
written by Sean Whetstone

West Ham are interested in signing Rennes left-back Adrien Truffert to replace Aaron Cresswell, according to ExWHUemployee.

In April  L’Équipe reported that Ligue 1 side Rennes were poised to be open to selling French youth international left-back Adrien Truffert over the summer.

The 21-year-old appeared in the majority of Rennes matches last season and was the starting left-back for Bruno Génésio over the course of the campaign until suffering from an ankle injury recently which has most likely brought a premature end to his 2022/23 season.

Under contract with Rennes until June 2025, the Brittany side are open to the French youth international’s departure for a deal of around €15m (£13m), potentially excluding bonuses.

The 21-year-old, classified as a ‘wunderkind’ by data analytics site Soccerment, his default position is left back but he can also play left wing back and is the number 3 at Rennes.

Adrien Truffert was born to French parents in Liege, Belgium. He returned to France at a young age and started his footballing journey at ES Jouy St Prest, whose youth academy he joined in 2007. After spending three years at the club, he joined the now-defunct FC Chartres. It was here that he would begin to establish himself as one of the club’s best youth players.  After spending five years at the club, Rennes came calling. Even at Rennes, the player distinguished himself among his peers. Truffert was part of both  the under-17 and under-19 teams of Rennes that won the national championship

Truffert has made one appearance for the French senior squad and is tipped to hold down a regular place.

Aston Villa offered that sum to sign Truffert during the January window, a bid that was rejected by Rennes Sporting Director Florian Maurice, Inter Milan also demonstrated a strong interest in the French U21 full-back, but L’Équipe reckon that Truffert’s most likely next destination is the Premier League.


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