Chelsea facing capital battle over African defender

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Chelsea face competition from West Ham United in the race to sign Ghana international Samuel Inkoom, according to reports.

Sky Sports claims that Hammers boss Sam Allardyce is considering a move for the 23-year-old centre back, with reinforcements in defence his key priority during the January transfer window.

Agent Christian Emile was happy to admit interest in his client, confirming a Premier League club made an offer in the summer, but that an agreement could not be reached with current club Dnipro.

"It's true. Last summer, a Premier League club and Sporting Lisbon did put forward an offer for Inkoom. However, an agreement was not reached," said Emile, according to Sky Sports.

"During this window, there has been a lot of interest shown in Samuel across Europe so we are considering things carefully."

One of the clubs reports to have shown an interest is Chelsea, with interim manager Rafael Benitez linked with a move at the start of January.

Whilst the Blues aren’t short of options at the back, Inkoom would add some additional versatility to the Stamford Bridge side, with the 37-cap international able to play at right-back as well as in the heart of defence.

Not selected for the African Cup of Nations, Inkoom would be able to join Chelsea immediately if they were to win the race for his signature.

However, it’s Allardyce and the Upton Park outfit who now appear to be at the front of the queue for the player’s signature at this stage.

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