By Richard Parks
West Ham are close to agreeing a deal with Augsburg right-back Daniel Opare in which he would join in the summer on a free transfer, according to a report.
African football site Soka 25 East claim that the Hammers are confident of beating Premier League rivals Everton, Leicester City and Stoke City to the signing of the 27-year-old.
It is said that Opare fell out with the German club in January after being denied a move away and his contract was ripped up two days ago due to disciplinary issues.
Opare can negotiate and agree a deal with West Ham or any other club as his contract at Augsburg expires in the summer.
Soka 25 East report that David Moyes has been watching the player for several years, and has been sending scouts to keep an eye on his progress.
Opare joined Ausgburg in 2015 after failing to make an impression at Porto and Besiktas. He moved to Europe in 2010 after starting his career in his native Ghana with Ashanti Gold and Sfax before he was snapped up by Real Madrid and put in their reserve team, the Castilla.
It was at Standard Liege where he came to the fore, making 88 appearances between 2010 and 2014 that earned him a move to Porto.
Opare has made 17 Bundesliga appearances this season, all of which have been starts, and 22 in total during his time at Augsburg.
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By Richard Parks