West Ham United want a midfield monster who shone against them as a report claims David Moyes will pay big for Seko Fofana.

Moyes is desperate to bring in more signings before the transfer window closes.

He is looking for a new central midfielder having allowed the likes of Nikola Vlasic and Alex Kral to leave while Mark Noble retired.

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The West Ham boss has sent a stark warning to out-of-sorts Tomas Soucek that he and other under-performers will be replaced if they do not up their game.

Moyes pulled out of a move for Amadou Onana and missed out on Matheus Nunes to Wolves.

The Hammers have been linked with the likes of Conor Gallagher, Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Ross Barkley and Hans Vanaken.

Now West Ham want a midfield monster who shone against them as a report claims Moyes will pay big for Seko Fofana.

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All action Ivory Coast midfield powerhouse Fofana was the man of the match when West Ham played Lens in pre-season.

The 27-year-old is a tower of strength in the middle of the park and has a bit of everything in his locker.

Now French outlet BUT! claims West Ham have turned their attentions to Fofana with Moyes said to be a massive fan.

And the report claims West Ham are willing to spend the Onana money – around £33m – to get a deal done.

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“After being snubbed by Lille’s Amadou Onana, who ended up favoring the financial aspect with Everton, West Ham continues to survey the market to find the rare pearl in midfield,” BUT! reports.

“While Club Brugge refuses to let go of Hans Vanaken, the Hammers are exploring a new avenue in Ligue 1.

“According to our information, Lensois Seko Fofana (27) is another preferred option for the formation managed by David Moyes, who has just completed the arrival of an additional central defender in the person of Parisian Thilo Kehrer.

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“The London leaders are studying several deals, but the name of the Ivorian international is in a very good position on their shelves (same for Conor Gallagher of Chelsea).

“The price will not be a concern, confides a source close to the West Ham. At the most, Lens is asking for roughly the same price as Lille for Onana. Now, it is potentially necessary to find an agreement with the player, but also to monitor the competition.”

Fofana and Rice in central midfield is a mouthwatering prospect for West Ham.

The worry for the Hammers will be the fact Milan and Arsenal are both said to be keeping tabs on Fofana.

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