West Ham United and Sunderland dealt blow as defensive targets admits Champions League desire

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The Hammers and the Black Cats are both reportedly chasing Lille full-back Djibril Sidibe.

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West Ham United and Sunderland could have been dealt a blow to their respective summer transfer plans with full-back target Djibril Sidibe voicing to L'Equipe his aspirations to make a move to a Champions League club.

The Hammers and the Black Cats are thought to be two of a number of English and European clubs tracking the Frenchman, who can play on either the right or left side of defence.

West Ham were reportedly leading the race the sign the 23-year-old with Sunderland allegedly finding the player's mooted wages too expensive, but both clubs' interest could be in vain judging by Sidibe's latest comments.

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The man who was named as a standby player for France's Euro 2016 squad admitted to L'Equipe that he could well leave Lille this summer, but has his eyes set on moving to a club who will be competing in the Champions League next season.

Sidibe said, as quoted by the French outlet: "There is a good chance [of a move]. Everything will depend on the project.

"I am open to all [offers], but we will think in terms of Champions League, my time of play, my family and the financial aspect."

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Sunderland manager Sam Allardyce will likely be keen to bolster his full-back options, with Patrick van Aanholt relatively unchallenged at left-back and DeAndre Yedlin having returned to Tottenham Hotspur after the conclusion of his loan spell to leave Billy Jones in a similar situation at right-back. 

Meanwhile, West Ham are looking to expand their squad ahead of next season when they hope to launch an all-out assault on the top four, and with their eyes on an extended run in the Europa League.

Sidibe's desire for Champions League football could scupper a move to England, although if either club can offer him the guarantee of regular football and are prepared to pay him his wage demands, it could be enough to tempt him into a move.

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