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.
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.