Report: West Ham follow up signing with £12.75m bid for Newcastle target Aymen Abdennour

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Monaco's Aymen Abdennour has been linked with a move to West Ham United, Newcastle United and Liverpool, among others.

According to a report from Sky Sports Italia, West Ham United have bid €18 million [£12.75m] for highly-rated Monaco defender Aymen Abdennour.

Having recently completed the signing of Marseille winger Dimitri Payet, as confirmed by the club’s official website, the Hammers aren’t holding back on splashing the cash this summer.

A new centre-back has long been mooted as must-buy, and the primary summer target has been identified as Monaco’s Tunisian international Abdennour, who has also been linked with Newcastle United.

As per a report in Footmercato today, the Magpies have lodged a bid of €17 million (£12m), while fellow Premier League sides Tottenham Hotspur and Liverpool are said to be interested.

West Ham, however, are clearly intent on beating their rivals to his signature as fresh reports state they have put in a bid which trumps Newcastle’s alleged offer.

“The Monaco defender had a few suitors in Italy-Roma, Inter, Napoli- but West Ham is close to completing the deal- their offer is €18 million while Monaco is asking for €20 million. The two clubs are working in completing the deal,” the report states.

A real coup?

Abdennour was rated as one of the best centre-backs in France last season, averaging 2.2 interceptions and 5.5 effective clearances per Ligue 1 encounter.

His ability to play the ball out of the back is evident, and his calmness would be a huge plus for the Hammers as they look to move on from their direct style of play under former boss Sam Allardyce.

With so many clubs credited with holding an interest in the 25-year-old, beating them to Abdennour’s signature will be a real signal of intent and one which proves the club are heading in the right direction.

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