West Ham to battle Serie A giants for French starlet

Valenciennes defender Nicolas Isimat-MirinWest Ham are set to go toe-to-toe with Roma in the fight for Valenciennes defender Nicolas Isimat-Mirin, according to reports from talkSPORT.

The Hammers look to have guaranteed Premier League safety with seven games to go, and now manager Sam Allardyce is putting greater energy into his summer transfer plans.

His main source of concern within his squad is a lack of defensive cover, with only James Collins, Winston Reid and James Tomkins to choose from as orthodox central-defenders.

The ex-Bolton boss has outline Isimat-Mirin as a man who could solve his issues, after being impressed by the 21-year-old’s form with the Ligue 1 minnows this term.

Despite Valenciennes occupying a spot in the lower half of the French top flight, the youngster has been a notable performer.

His fine form has alerted a number of top clubs, with Roma believed to be highly interested.

But, this will not deter Allardyce, who could meet the club’s £5m valuation for the defender to shake off any rivals.

Liverpool are also rumoured to be monitoring the situation, but their desire to make a move has cooled since January, with Brendan Rodgers keen to secure the signature of a more experienced enforcer.

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