By Tom Blackburn
Southampton have stolen a march over West Ham in the race to sign out-of-contract right-back Jeremy Pied, according to a report.
Hammers manager Slaven Bilic was said to be interested in the right-back who has 150 Ligue 1 appearances to his name but is a free agent following the expiry of his Nice contract.
French radio station Europe 1 Sports claim Pied is considering a move to the Premier League after severing his ties with Nice.
The report states that Southampton are front runners to sign the full-back despite West Ham expressing their interest in the former France Under-21s player.