West Ham are on the verge of completing a deal to bring in Marseille midfielder Morgan Amalfitano despite facing tough competition from a host of Premier League clubs.
Sky Sports have reported that the French international could be on his way to England on a free transfer, while the Daily Mail are stating that the Hammers will need to cough up £2million to secure his signature.
The 29-year-old spent the last campaign in England’s top flight with West Brom and caught the eye with some classy performances.
He scored four goals in 30 appearances during his time at the Hawthorns, including an incredible solo goal against Manchester United which inspired West Brom to a famous 2-1 victory at Old Trafford.
One of his other more memorable moments during his spell in the Midlands was his fantastic dipping strike against Cardiff City – another superb goal which epitomised his audacious nature.
Amalfitano also created 45 chances for the Baggies last season, more than any other player, so he would be a great addition to West Ham as they desperately struggled in that department.
Furthermore, the fact he has already had a year to bed into the Premier League will help him to hit the ground running at Upton Park.
The midfielder started his professional career at Sedan before moving on to Lorient, after impressing there he was signed by Marseille in 2011 but has since failed to establish himself as a first team regular.
Amalfitano is now looking for a new challenge in England and despite speculation linking him with a move to Hull, Crystal Palace and newly promoted QPR, West Ham appear to have won the race to clinch his signature.
The move could see Mohamed Diame, who has been strongly linked with a move to QPR in recent weeks, exit the club after ongoing uncertainty over his future.
If the deal is wrapped up in time Amalfitano could go straight into the Irons squad for their opening Premier League game against Tottenham Hotspur on Saturday.
Hammers boss Sam Allardyce will be hopeful this is the case as he is light on attacking options at present and the creative spark that Amalfitano would bring to the side could be invaluable.
He can dribble past opponents, provide a cutting pass for an assist and pull off sublime strikes at pivotal moments of matches that could pick West Ham up some crucial points throughout the campaign.
The Frenchman would also slot into the new attacking philosophy that Big Sam is hoping to implement this season by pulling the strings from the midfield and creating numerous chances for his teammates.
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