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West Ham fans question the reported decision to pursue Lamine Kone over Chris Smalling

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Having supposedly bristled at the idea of spending on the Manchester United star, West Ham are happy to take the relegated Ivorian instead.

Sunderland's Lamine Kone scores their first goalSunderland's Lamine Kone scores their first goal

It has been a rollercoaster ride on the transfer trail for West Ham fans, as a flurry of reports have emerged regarding a couple of defenders.

First, there was the Daily Star telling them that they were pulling out of the running to sign £15m-rated Manchester United star Chris Smalling.

 

The report said the east London club had come to the conclusion that strengthening the heart of defence wasn’t required.

That appeared somewhat logical. After all, the Hammers do have Winston Reid, James Collins, Angelo Ogbonna, Jose Fonte and youth prospects Reece Oxford and Declan Rice on the books.

England's Chris Smalling celebrates after scoring their first goalEngland's Chris Smalling celebrates after scoring their first goal

 

However, later on the same day The Mirror revealed West Ham were in the driving seat to land relegated Sunderland centre-back Lamine Kone, who is also valued at £15m but could be available for just £5m less.

Naturally, news of dropping interest in an England international that started on the winning side in the Europa League final, in order to pursue a cheaper deal for a defender that was part of the third-worst defence in the Premier League provoked a very one-sided reaction.

Lamine Kone scores the second goal for SunderlandLamine Kone scores the second goal for Sunderland

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