West Ham eye ex-Chelsea free agent

Khalid Boulahrouz (Sporting Lisbon)West Ham are considering a move to bring Khalid Boulahrouz to Upton Park, according to reports from The Metro.

The Dutch international – who enjoyed a short spell with London rivals Chelsea in 2006/07 – was recently released by Sporting Lisbon, and is currently without a club.

Sam Allardyce is keen to strengthen his squad despite the transfer window having closed, and sees the experienced centre-back as a shrewd addition.

It is believed that talks between the club and the 31-year-old have begun, but as of yet it is unclear as to whether or not a deal will be reached.

The defender has earned a reputation for his tough tackling, ferocious approach, which has led to him being nicknamed ‘Khalid the Cannibal’.

As well as being a strong presence, he is able to operate at full-back, which is attractive to ‘Big Sam’.

Boulahrouz has attracted attention from a number of MLS clubs, but the lure of another shot at life in the Premier League may be a deciding factor.

The Hammers have also been linked with a move for former striker Carlton Cole – who they released over the summer – but a deal has fallen trough due to fitness concerns.

Ex-Liverpool midfielder Mohamed Sissoko has also been mooted as a potential target after being axed by Paris Saint-Germain, although it is thought that the Irons are not interested.

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