By Pranav Shahaney

9th Jan, 2022 | 7:38am

West Ham want to sign Marseille midfielder Boubacar Kamara

West Ham have reportedly joined Newcastle in the hunt to sign Marseille midfielder Boubacar Kamara, whose contract expires in the summer.

According to The Sun, the 22-year-old Ligue 1 star wants wages of £150,000-a-week at his next club as he’s seeking an exit.

His contract expires at the end of the season so he is open to signing a pre-contract deal with a club in the Premier League.

Newcastle are hesitant over matching his wage demands and that could play into West Ham’s hands as they’re prepared to wait until the summer to land his services and not pay a transfer fee for him in January.

Snap him up

Alex Kral has not enjoyed his start to life at West Ham as many thought he would and has struggled for game time.

The fact that he’s on loan means the club could look for alternatives in the summer.

Kamara, who will be available on a free, would be precisely that and would add value to this Hammers side.

David Moyes has seldom moved from a double pivot, but the 22-year-old’s arrival could see him do that.

Declan Rice has been looking to play a more advanced role this season and if he has someone like Kamara sitting behind him, he could surge up front along with Tomas Soucek.

A midfield three, instead of a two would give West Ham more bodies in the middle of the park and could see them going toe-to-toe with some of the best teams in the league.

In other West Ham news, the club want to sign a ‘World class’ central midfielder in January and the player is set to leave on one condition

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