By Will Butcher
Palermo left-back Achraf Lazaar has agreed personal terms with West Ham, according to a report.
Italian publication Mediagol claim that the 24-year-old has agreed a £900,000-a-year, three-year contract with the Hammers.
It is said that the Hammers have not yet agreed a fee with Palermo but are ready to table an offer for Lazaar, who is rated at £3.4million by his club.
West Ham manager Bilic admitted earlier in the week that a new left-back was his “priority” after Aaron Cresswell was ruled out for four months with a knee injury.
The Hammers had agreed a loan-to-buy deal for Davide Santon form Inter Milan but Sky Sports claimed on Friday that the left-back failed a medical.
Football website Goal claimed earlier this week that West Ham were set to go head-to-head with Italian giants Roma for Morocco international Lazaar, and it seems now that the East London side have stolen a march on their rivals. Swansea and Sporting Lisbon were also said to be interested.
Lazaar, who can also play on the left-side of midfield, has less than 12 months remaining on his Rosanero deal and is available at a relatively cut-price £3.4million.
The 16-time capped international was integral to Palermo’s Serie A campaign last season, making 30 domestic appearances for Davide Ballardini’s side.
The Hammers have been linked with a whole clutch of names since Cresswell’s injury, and have had bids for Arsenal’s Kieran Gibbs and Norwich’s Martin Olsson rejected in addition to losing out on Santon.
In other West Ham transfer news, this potential new striker discussed personal terms with the Hammers on Saturday night.