By Coral Barry
West Ham are ready to launch a £10million bid for Marseille’s Georges-Kevin N’Koudou, but will face competition from Liverpool, according to a report.
Liverpool have reportedly scouted the 21-year-old at several times during the season, but are yet to firm up their interest in the player.
N’Koudou has been in fine form for his club with five goals and three assists in his debut season in Ligue 1 and the Guardian claim West Ham are preparing a concrete offer for the youngster.
The France Under-21 international has also reportedly been attracting attention from Manchester United who could be tempted to try their hand with another promising young Frenchman after they forked out £36million on Anthony Martial last summer.
All three clubs sent scouts to perform one final check on N’Koudou in Marseille’s French Cup final defeat to Paris Saint-Germain last month.
Marseille are believed to be looking for much more than £10million for the winger, who they paid Nantes £1million for last summer and who is tied down to the Ligue 1 club until 2020.
However, that could be complicated by the fact that owner Margarita Louis-Dreyfus put the club up for sale in April.
The club’s instability could provide an opportunity to do a cut-price deal for N’Koudou’s services.