Both West Ham and Newcastle are battling to sign 20-year-old full back Massadio Haidara from Ligue 1 side Nancy.
The French defender of Senegalese descent has been hailed as one of the best youngsters in France and looks set to sign for fellow Premier League club Newcastle.
However, the Hammers have now shown interest with what could be a £3.5 million bid.
Sam Allardyce has already admitted that his side are struggling defensively, and with a growing injury list he may be ready to disrupt Newcastle’s plans to sign the young full back.
It is believed that Haidara was close to agreeing a deal to move to the North East of England with the fee being agreed by Nancy, but it is now the Irons who lead the chase.
The news will come as a relief to Hammers fans painfully aware that our team need to strengthen our defence. After a strong start to the season in terms of clean sheets, the defensive form has slipped with just one clean sheet in the last ten league games.
by Lucy Woolford