Free from his Marseille contract at the end of the season, Boubacar Kamara could either see out the campaign in the south of France or head elsewhere in January if a club manages to find an agreement with the Ligue 1 side.

Among the clubs to take an interest in his situation has been West Ham United, who could do with a defender this winter.

Kamara, who started off as a centre-back, has since moved to a defensive midfield role with the Ligue 1 side, but that hasn’t stopped the Hammers from sniffing out a potentially good opportunity.

That’s what Corriere dello Sport have been reporting, as they name the clubs who could provide competition for AS Roma.

The Italians have also taken an interest in the likely free agent, wanting a deal in January, as Marseille ‘cannot claim the €20m from which they started’.

The belief is that it will take €6-7m to get the player, and ‘the agreement between the two clubs doesn’t seem complicated to reach’.

The ‘biggest obstacle’ remains the competition for the player, which includes West Ham, and the player ‘knows he has the ability to raise the auction’ between all interested parties to earn himself a better wage in the process.

Money shouldn’t be an issue for the Hammers in a battle with Roma, but they need to be careful, as José Mourinho continues to have a pull few can compete with.