West Ham have been told by Nantes it will cost up to £12million to sign midfielder Abdoulaye Toure next month, Football Insider can reveal.
The 25-year-old is on the radar of the Londoners along with a number of leading European clubs ahead of the January window, as revealed by Football Insider a week ago.
A West Ham source has told Football Insider that the club have learned during exploratory talks that Toure is valued at between £10-12m by Nantes.
The French club are braced for offers for the defensive midfielder in the January transfer window and have given agent, Mark McKay, the mandate to sell the player to interested parties.
West Ham are in the market for a holding midfielder as they look to strengthen a squad that has had a wretched first half of the campaign.
Manuel Pellegrini’s job is still hanging by a thread despite Saturday’s win at Southampton, but he has had significant input into the club’s pursuit of January targets.
A central midfielder who can provide competition and cover for first choice pair Mark Noble and Declan Rice is high on the wish list of the Chilean.
Jack Wilshere’s never-ending injury problems and doubts over the calibre of Carlos Sanchez have left the Hammers searching for a new man in the centre of the pitch.
Toure was Nantes’ player of the year last season as they finished ninth in Ligue 1 and he has maintained that outstanding form in the first half of this campaign.
The former France Under-20 international has scored three goals in 18 games in all competitions this season.
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