According to a report from Italian media outlet Torino Granata, West Ham are interested in signing Torino ace Nicolas N’Koulou in the summer.
The 75-capped Cameroon international was allegedly wanted by the Hammers in 2016. Spanish media outlet L’esportiu claimed back in the summer of 2016 that Slaven Bilic wanted to bring the centre-back to the London Stadium.
West Ham need to bolster their central defensive ranks in the summer. Angelo Ogbonna will be 32 in May, whilst Winston Reid’s future remains uncertain.
Meanwhile, Fabian Balbuena has been in awful form this season.
And Italian publication Torino Granata claims that Torino centre-back Nicolas N’Koulou could be a target for the Hammers.
Good signing for West Ham?
The 29-year-old defender is very experienced. He has made 418 club appearances in his career (Transfermarkt).
N’Koulou has 75 international caps for Cameroon to his name as well (Wikipedia).
In 19 Serie A appearances this season, the 6ft centre-back has averaged 0.9 tackles, 2.1 interceptions, 4.7 clearances and 0.7 blocks per game. He has also won an average of 1.9 aerial duals per game during those outings (Who Scored).
Torino Granata claims that the Serie A outfit are ready to sell N’Koulou. But they will expect to make a profit on the £3 million that they paid for the Cameroonian in the summer of 2018.
And if the Hammers could pick the 29-year-old up for a reasonable fee, he might be a very useful addition to David Moyes’s squad.
West Ham won’t have things all their own way, however. Torino Granata claims that Bournemouth, Wolves, Roma, Napoli and Lazio all want to sign N’Koulou.
And much will depend on what division West Ham are playing in next season.