By Saikat Mandal

13th Jan, 2022 | 5:10pm

West Ham in pole position to sign Boubacar Kamara

West Ham are in pole position to sign Marseille midfielder Boubacar Kamara, according to reports from Corriere dello Sport.

The print edition of Corriere dello Sport (page 19) claim that AS Roma are also vying for his signature. However, the likes of West Ham and Newcastle United are leading the race to sign the 22-year-old defensive midfielder.

His contract is set to expire at the end of the season, which means he’ll be a free agent in the summer.

Tough

Kamara is a classy playmaker who is currently free to negotiate pre-contract agreements with foreign clubs.

He has made 22 appearances for the French club this season in all competitions.

Known for his tough tackling, neat passing and impressive positional awareness, he would be a fantastic signing for the Hammers.

With Mark Noble set to leave the club in the summer, David Moyes will need to replenish the void. Kamara could be that player.

His best years are ahead of him, while he would be available at a bargain price if any potential club wants to move for him this month.

Having said that, a move for him in January looks unlikely. West Ham are looking to add a striker and a defender this month, so any plans for Kamara will have to wait till summer.

Also, the Hammers could struggle to match his wage demands, with the players said to want £150,000 a week [Express Sport] in order to leave Marseille.  

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