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New twist in West Ham plan to seal sensational free transfer for midfield ace Boubacar Kamara after 'preliminary talks'

There is a new twist in West Ham’s plan to seal a sensational free transfer for midfield ace Boubacar Kamara after ‘preliminary talks’.

West Ham were heavily linked with the Marseille central midfield star in January with his contract up at the Ligue 1 club this summer.

But as frustrated West Ham fans know only too well, David Moyes was unable to get any of his targets in the door.

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West Ham are allegedly still well in the race to sign Kamara in the summer window.

That’s according to a recent report form The Sun which claims that Hammers want the 22-year-old but face competition from the likes of Newcastle and Manchester United for his signature.

The Northern Echo’s chief football writer Scott Wilson claimed earlier this month that West Ham have held ‘preliminary talks’ with Kamara’s representatives over a summer move to east London.

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Described as ‘sensational’ by Ligue 1 experts and ‘out of the ordinary’ by Brazilian defender Rolando, who played alongside Kamara at Marseille.

The soon to be free agent can also play at centre-back, versatility which will be a massive incentive for West Ham and Moyes as he plots a major summer rebuild at the London Stadium.

But there has been a new twist in the West Ham plan to seal the sensational free transfer for Kamara after the reported ‘preliminary talks’.

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New twist in West Ham plan to seal sensational free transfer for midfield ace Boubacar Kamara after ‘preliminary talks’

Because according to Goal France – as also reported by Get French Football News – Atletico Madrid now ‘lead the race’ for Kamara ahead of the summer window.

Goal France claims the Moyes target has turned down every new contract offer made to him by OM president Pablo Longoria and will in all likelihood leave this summer.

But there is bad news for West Ham in the new report from Goal France which claims Kamara is interested in a move to the Spanish capital with Atletico.

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And he will reportedly make his decision next month.

“Kamara himself is interested in a move to the Spanish capital, with Los Colchoneros following him for a number of years now,” Goal France claims as also reported by GFFN.

“The La Liga side had come in with a lowball offer this winter, which was rejected. Atletico Madrid are not the only side looking at the Frenchman. Manchester United, Tottenham Hotspur and Bayern Munich are also interested – which could drive up Kamara’s potential wage demands.

“They remain confident, though, that the midfielder will choose Spain, in particular thanks to the sporting project presented to the player. The player’s decision is expected next month.

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“Should he remain at Marseille or choose another club, Atlético Madrid have identified Barcelona’s Sergi Roberto as a plan B.”

It appears there is still hope for West Ham, but competing with Champions League regulars Atletico and the lure of living in Madrid could prove difficult.

Links to the likes of Kamara and his Marseille teammate William Saliba – whose long-term future at parent club Arsenal appears uncertain – are given more credibility given it is a marketplace Hammers head of recruitment Rob Newman knows well.

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