West Ham’s search for a new defensive midfielder was well documented over both the summer and the January transfer windows.

Sporting CP’s William Carvalho appeared to be top of Slaven Bilic’s list, while David Moyes never really appeared to make his mind up, with Leander Dendoncker left in limbo and eventually ending up remaining at Anderlecht for the second window running.

Their search proved fruitless, and they’ll have to wait until next summer to bolster that area of the team, and they’ve got a target in mind, Marseille’s André Zambo Anguissa, who’s also being followed by Newcastle United.

This is according to La Provence, who claim that both the Magpies and the Hammers, alongside Watford and West Brom, are closely monitoring the 22-year-old’s progress.

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However, the Ligue 1 side aren’t exactly interested in selling their new first-team regular, especially since he and Luiz Gustavo are slowly building a solid relationship in a two man midfield.

It will take a hell of a bid to convince Marseille, who are on track to qualify for the Champions League next season, to let Zambo Anguissa go, and even with Newcastle and West Ham’s spending power, there’s no guarantee the player will want to leave European football for a better paycheque just yet.

It’s going to be tough.