According to an exclusive report from the Sunday Express, West Ham are interested in signing Marseille centre-back Boubacar Kamara, but they could face stiff competition from Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City and Frank Lampard’s Chelsea.

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The Hammers will undoubtedly be keen to strengthen their central defensive department this summer. As will City and Chelsea.

Guardiola’s side have looked incredibly exposed at the back without the commanding figure of Aymeric Laporte for large chunks of the campaign.

Lampard, meanwhile, will be keen to bring in more top quality competition for his current centre-backs.

And the Sunday Express claims that Manchester City are ready to bid £28 million for Boubacar Kamara, but could face competition from West Ham and Chelsea.

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Boubacar Kamara (Photo by Tim Clayton/Corbis via Getty Images)


The Frenchman has made 79 senior appearances for Marseille and has already really impressed. The Express describe him as one of the most exciting young prospects in world football at the moment.


In 24 Ligue 1 outings this season, the 20-year-old has averaged 2.8 tackles, 1.4 interceptions, 2.1 clearances and 0.6 blocks per game. He has also won an average of 2.3 aerial duals per game during those outings (Who Scored).

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Boubacar Kamara (Photo by Guillaume Ruoppolo – OM/Olympique de Marseille via Getty Images)

City in the driving seat

Kamara is a ball-playing centre-back. He is very comfortable in possession. So it’s no surprise that City boss Pep Guardiola is eyeing a move for him.

The Marseille ace would also be ideally suited to Frank Lampard’s setup and style at Chelsea.

Whether he would be quite as suited to West Ham’s more direct playing style, however, is debatable.

For just £28 million, Kamara would surely represent quite excellent value.

The Hammers will clearly have a real fight on their hands, however. With both Manchester City and Chelsea said to be interested in the talented youngster’s signature, David Moyes will have to move heaven and earth to bring the 20-year-old to the London Stadium.

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