Kara Mbodj admits West Ham’s Cheikhou Kouyate helped him decide to sign with Anderlecht

West Ham were linked with signing Kara Mbodj, but he has moved to Anderlecht as a replacement for Newcastle signing Chancel Mbemba.

Speaking to Anderlecht’s official website, Mbodj has admitted that Cheikhou Kouyate helped him decide to sign with the Belgian giants, despite interest from Kouyate’s current side West Ham.

The Senegalese defender said: “I did not need much time to decide. My friend Cheikhou Kouyate has told be all good things about this club. I realize that it will not be easy to succeed a player like Chancel Mbemba, but I am convinced in my own abilities.”

The Hammers were looking to secure a deal to bring Mbodj to the Boleyn Ground this summer, as per the Sun, but he opted to stay in Belgium instead.

Anderlecht moved for Mbodj as soon as Chancel Mbemba left the club to sign with Newcastle United, and although he is primarily a defensive midfielder, RSCA have signed him as Mbemba’s reclaimant in central defence.

He is a talented player, and the Hammers wanted to bring him in this summer to provide added cover and competition for their ranks. Having had success with Kouyate since bringing him from Anderlecht, West Ham clearly feel as if the Belgian market is full of potential stars.

Kouyate has impressed in the Premier League, and Mbodj is a similar style of player, and it looks as if he is well suited to the top flight.

It would come as no surprise to see the 25-year-old move into English football in the future, and Kouyate could end up convincing him to move to the Boleyn Ground - in a move that would strengthen the Hammers impressively.

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