West Ham and Fulham in battle for French youth international

Sportinglife has reported that West Ham United and Fulham are in a battle to sign a talented French Under-21 international defender.

Remember the name Fabrice N’Sakala because it could be popping up quite a bit over the next couple of weeks with West Ham and Fulham both reportedly in for the full back.

Both clubs have made no attempts to hide the fact they are looking for defensive reinforcements before the end of the January transfer window and N’Sakala has already described his love for the English game.

N’Sakala currently plays for Troyes in French football, where he has been since 2004. He made the step up to senior football at the age of 18 and he has been in and around the Troyes first team ever since.

What will most interest West Ham and Fulham is the fact that he has represented France at four different levels so far in his career; Under-17, Under-18, Under-19 and Under-21.

He currently plays at left back for Troyes which is his best position but he can also move into the centre of defence or play higher up the pitch as a makeshift left winger.

It could be very difficult for Troyes to reject any bid for him because both West Ham and Fulham are in a position where they could pay a multi-million pound fee for the defender.

West Ham have been looking for a defender who will help them to eradicate their recent inconsistency in defence, which is one of the causes for their 3-0 defeat to Sunderland over the weekend.

However, Fulham offer perhaps a more stable proposition for N’Sakala and the chance to make the left back slot his own at Craven Cottage.

Either side is in no real danger of getting drawn into the relegation fight by the end of the season so it becomes a clear choice for the player over which club he believes will have the best chance of progressing and possibly getting into Europe by the end of the season.

Fulham fans will also point out that West Ham full back Joey O’Brien has just signed a new deal at Upton Park which runs until 2016, suggesting that if West Ham are on the hunt for a defender, it’s more likely to be a centre back.

What do you think of this rumour? Is N’Sakala good enough to play for either side?

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