West Ham hijack move for French star by making contract offer- report
By Amir Mir
West Ham United are looking to add to their squad by signing Marseille defender Nicolas N’Koulou, according to a report.
It is said that Espanyol were in the driving seat to land N’Koulou but West Ham have made a move to hijack the deal by tabling a contract offer on Saturday.
The centre-back is set to leave Marseille this summer when his contract expires at the end of the month.
The 26-year-old would provide great experience to the West Ham backline after being awarded 68 international caps.
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Standing at 6ft 1, N’Koulou began his career at Monaco, before moving to the Stade Velodrome in 2011, where he has made a name for himself by making it twice into the Ligue 1 team of the year.
Slaven Bilic’s men conceded 51 goals last season as they finished a respectable 7th and earned a shot at European football next season.
Bilic is looking to add depth to his squad as they begin new life at the Olympic stadium having left the Boleyn ground after 112 years.