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West Ham close in on surprise addition

West Ham are closing in on a shock deal for Everton’s veteran centre-back Sylvain Distin, with reports from Goal claiming that talks are underway.

The 37-year-old Frenchman has been a mainstay in the Toffees’ backline for some time, but with his contract due to expire in just under six months’ time his future has been the subject of doubt in recent times.

Everton are understood to be unlikely to offer the ageing enforcer fresh terms, and are ready to let him leave – even though he’s started 12 times for the Merseysiders in the league this season.

Goal claim that Distin himself is eager to stay in England, and West Ham have been lured into the running.

Any deal is likely to be a short-term one though, with Sam Allardyce looking to boost his side’s ailing top four hopes.

Everton are already eyeing replacements, with Tyler Blackett of Manchester United an option.

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