West Ham have been warned about the potential cost of signing Philippe Coutinho from under Aston Villa’s nose.Despite failing to have much of an impact in his past three games, Coutinho has shown he’s still got it since returning to the Premier League. He grabbed two goals and two assists in his first three appearances for Villa.
The 29-year-old’s immediate impression prompted reports of interest in him from both the Hammers and Arsenal.
They were said to be looking at hijacking a move should Villa opt to sign him permanently.
The Midlands club reportedly have the option to do that for £33m, though it’s been claimed they could even negotiate a lower fee.
However, a battle for Coutinho’s signature could see the price required to get a deal done rise.
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