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2nd May, 2017 | 5:10pm

West Ham eye move for 30-year-old defender from PL rivals - report

By Dominic Toner

West Ham are interested in Leicester defender Yohan Benalouane, according to a report.

French publication Foot Mercato claim that the Hammers appreciate the profile of the 30-year-old.

The report details that the Londoners could make a move for the centre-back, whose contract is set to expire at the King Power Stadium in 2019.

Benalouane completed a move to the Foxes in 2015 and played four times in their title-winning season, meaning he just missed out on an individual medal.

The defender failed to break into the first team under Claudio Ranieri last season and spent the second half of the campaign on loan at Fiorentina.

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He returned to the Leicester squad this season and made 11 senior appearances for them.

Benalouane failed to feature under Ranieri this term, but has come into the side under Craig Shakespeare.

He has helped them steer away from the relegation places and produced some inspirational performances in the Champions League, during their quarter-final defeat to Atletico Madrid.

Football Insider verdict:

West Ham could certainly do with some new centre-back additionss in the summer, especially if manager Slaven Bilic insists on using a three-man defence. The Hammers have the likes of Winston Reid, James Collins, Jose Fonte and Angelo Ogbonna at their disposal, but could potentially do with another senior option. Benalouane is an interesting target as he has been on the fringes of the Leicester squad during the majority of his time in England. However, he has looked impressive since breaking into the first team and looks a solid well-rounded option. West Ham may be better served, though, investing in a younger defender as they try to improve their squad for a European push next season.

In other West Ham transfer news, their midfielder has revealed an exit is possible.

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