West Ham have reportedly stepped up their interest in FC Lorient defender Lamine Kone. Sam Allardyce has already made a number of signings this summer, as he looks to add options to his squad after a uninspiring Premier League campaign last term.
Lorient value the player at around £5million and, after showing what he is capable of in Ligue 1, could be set to finally move to the Premier League.
Linked with other clubs
Kone has been linked with a move to England in the past, with Sunderland chasing the defender last summer, but it is now West Ham that are the interested party.
The 25-year-old has also previously featured for France at every youth level, but could also opt to play for the Ivory Coast.
Kone would be West Ham’s third signing this summer, with the club already agreeing deals to bring in Mauro Zarate and Cheikhou Kouyate.
Allardyce making more moves
However, the Hammers’ summer overhaul isn’t set to end with the signing of Kone. Allardyce recently told West Ham TV that: “We’ve made many bids and there are many negotiations ongoing.
"We particularly want a left-back, ideally another centre-back, a midfielder and at least two more for the front line.”
Kone will tick the centre-back off of that list, while West Ham are also thought to be interested in left-back Timothee Kolodziejczak, midfielder Prince Oniangue, and forwards, Islam Slimani and Michu.
Allardyce is hoping to get his transfer business wrapped up quickly, in order to give his new signings time to gel during pre-season.