West Ham are prepared to rival Queens Park Rangers in the bid to secure the signature of France international Mathieu Valbuena, according to The Guardian.
The diminutive midfielder, who impressed during France's recent World Cup campaign, has indicated his desire to leave current club Marseille, meaning he could be available for a knock-down £6.5million.
Valbuena, 29, is thought to favour a move to England, having already turned down overtures from Russian side Dinamo Moscow.
West Ham's London rivals QPR have been heavily linked with a move for the playmaker, who has 39 caps for his country, and appeared the favourites to strike a deal.
However, it now appears that the Hammers are prepared to compete with Harry Redknapp's side as they prepare to step up their bid for European football.
Hammers boss Sam Allardyce has been charged with the unenviable task of overseeing a change in philosophy at Upton Park (as well as looking to qualify for the Europa League) to produce a more aesthetically-pleasing style of football.
New West Ham model
Valbuena would be a perfect fit to this new model, with his fantastic skill on the ball and passing range, and could well become an emblem of the New West Ham should the move be successful.
The Frenchman could be joined by Carl Jenkinson if he pursues a move to East London, who is thought to be on the verge of a loan move to West Ham.
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