By Dominic Toner

West Ham have tabled a £11.8million bid for Leiecester midfield target Nampalys Mendy, according to a report.

With speculation growing around the future of N’Golo Kanté, the Foxes have identified Mendy as a suitable replacement and had reportedly tabled a £9,5million offer this week.

French publication L’Equipe, as cited by Sports Witness, claimed on Friday that the Londoners have trumped the Premier League champions by submitting an offer of £11.8million for the midfielder.

Midfield anchorman Mendy is considered to be an integral part of current side Nice, competing in all 38 league matches in the 2015-16 season.

The 23 year-old Frenchman has drawn comparisons to Leicester hearbeat Kanté for his energetic style and has represented his nation at Under-17s level right up to the Under-21s.

The Telegraph reported back in April that the Londoners almost signed Kante as Slaven Bilic recalled: “He was on our list, we were quite close, quite close. I had watched him in France. He was a good player, the same player he is now at Leicester – a holding midfielder, not very tall but he is one of those players that after 20 minutes you think there are twins.”

West Ham appear keen not to make the same mistake with Mendy as they look to wrap up a deal for the defensive midfielder.

In other West Ham news, the Londoners are interested in singing a Serie A ace.