West Ham are lining up a last-minute move in the January transfer window for Cardiff City defender Sol Bamba, according to a report.
The Daily Star claims that the Hammers are keen to bolster their defensive options and are considering a move for the 33-year-old.
It is understood that a late bid from the Premier League side could be on the cards for the colossus centre-back at Cardiff, who are fourth-placed in the Championship and chasing promotion.
Bamba is a mainstay in the Cardiff backline and the enforcer has 49 international caps for Ivory Coast under his belt.
However, he has never played in the Premier League football before and his English career has been spent in the Championship.
West Ham drew 1-1 at home to Crystal Palace on Tuesday night in the Premier League and are currently four points above the drop zone.
Manager David Moyes wants to add to his injury-hit squad and the Cardiff ace has emerged as last-minute target.
Football Insider verdict
Targeting Bamba in the closing moments of the January window wreaks of desperation from West Ham and he would be a panic signing at its best. The ball-playing centre-back has been in good form this campaign for Cardiff as they look to get back in the top flight under Neil Warnock, but he is not good enough to move to the London Stadium. He has always has a tendency to make rash challenges and at the age of 33 is hardly a long-term solution to their defensive problems. West Ham should go all out to sign a proven Premier League defender, but have left it too late in the January window.
In other West Ham transfer news, they have agreed a fee for a 10-goal striker.