West Ham are set to complete the signing of Anderlecht defender Cheikhou Kouyate following a medical examination, according to the Daily Star.
The club are set to splash £7million on the Senegalese defender, having beaten Valencia to secure the 24-year-old’s signature. Kouyate is naturally a centre-back, but is also capable of performing in a defensive midfield position.
The Senegalese international will be the Hammers’ second signing of the summer transfer window, having already agreed a three-year deal to bring in Argentinian striker, Mauro Zarate from Velez Sarsfield.
Sam Allardyce has been instructed to add some flair to the team by club owners David Gold and David Sullivan, who are underwhelmed by the team’s current style of play. While the coach is open to the idea of adopting an attacking approach next term, he is also keen to bolster his squad at the other end of the pitch, with Manchester City trio; Joleon Lescott, Micah Richards and Costel Pantilimon all named as possible targets.
Lescott and Pantilimon will be available to join the club on a free transfer next month, as the Premier League champions have decided against renewing their contracts. Micah Richards is still under contract with the club, but could be allowed to leave following the signing of Bacary Sagna from Arsenal.
The Hammers are also interested in bringing in French starlet M’Baye Niang and Ecuadorian winger, Jefferson Montero, in what could prove to be a busy transfer window for the club.
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