The 21-year-old has taken his game to a new level entirely since joining the club in the summer, netting a career high five goals from central midfield and impressing with his driving runs from deep and ability to transition effectively from defence to attack.
Fofana stood out as Udinese earned a deserved draw against champions-in-waiting Juventus on Saturday and Calciomercato reports that the Bianconeri, as well as in-form Inter Milan, are also in the race for one of Italy’s most promising central midfielders.
That Everton are reportedly interested comes as something of a surprise considering that Ronald Koeman is hardly short of options in the centre of the park – particularly with January signing Morgan Schneiderlin and the emerging Tom Davies supplying steel and energy in abundance.
West Ham, however, appear far more in need of a dynamic central midfielder. Long-serving skipper Mark Noble has endured a difficult campaign while the services of Cheikhou Kouyate have often been required in defence of late.
Consequently, Fofana could be set for a return to England in the summer just a year after moving to Udinese from Manchester City.
The Parisian moved to Manchester in 2013 but, despite loan spells at Fulham and Bastia, failed to make his senior debut under Manuel Pellegrini.