Hammers, QPR & West Brom reportedly in battle for Serie A defender

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West Ham United, Queens Park Rangers and West Bromwich Albion are all reportedly chasing Lazio defender Abdoulay Konko.

According to reports in Italy, three Premier League teams are chasing Lazio's Abdoulay Konko, with a view to making a move in the January transfer window.

Konko has come under criticism in Italy for his early performances in the season and may be looking for a way out, with a trio of England's top division sides happy to give him an escape route.

West Ham United, QPR and West Bromwich Albion are all said to be interested in signing the 30-year-old, who they allegedly believe could add something to their defensive units.

Konko has the physical prowess to be a success in the Premier League and is renowned for his strength and speed, meaning the tempo should not be too much of a test for him.

All three sides could also do with defensive recruits, after their start to the campaign.

West Ham have made the most encouraging opening out of the trio, and have attacked with great vigour, but their usual defensive structure has not been as evident.

Sam Allardyce commented last week that the challenge would be for them to keep their attacking style, whilst improving on their solidarity and it seems that Konko has been identified as a player who could allow them to do this.

The Baggies and QPR, meanwhile, could be embroiled in a relegation fight for the rest of the season.

Although West Brom have improved in recent weeks, there are still slight concerns around the Hawthorns, whilst QPR look some way off the pace. 

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