West Ham are ready to battle London rivals Crystal Palace for midfielder Yann M’Vila before the transfer window closes, according to French outlet L’Equipe.
They report that the Hammers have their eye on the 29-year-old Frenchman to fill the hole in their engine room left by the departure of Pedro Obiang.
Palace are keen on the midfielder who had a season-long loan spell at Sunderland for the 2015/16 season, and now plays for Saint-Etienne in his native France.
M’Vila has 22 caps for his country, but the most recent came in 2012, which represents the slump the midfielder has experienced since being touted as a hugely promising talent in the early part of his career.
M’Vila’s underwhelming loan spell with Sunderland and the way his career has failed to live up to its early promise may not make Hammers fans too excited about this potential swoop.
But West Ham need quality cover for Declan Rice in the holding midfield role and M’Vila is a better option than Carlos Sanchez or Gary Medel.
He knows what the league is about and has seemingly become more mature since his slightly wilder early days and could be a valuable addition to fill the gap left by Obiang.