Last Updated: Tue, 19 Mar 2013 08:38
West Ham are being linked with a move for Toulouse defender Aymen Abdennour, according to reports in France.
Hammers boss Sam Allardyce is keen to add quality to his squad in the summer and the Tunisia international has been earning rave reviews in France this season which has brought him to the attention of a number of interested parties.
Newcastle appear to be the main rivals for his signature if he were to come to the Premier League but the 23-year-old is also being linked with Spanish giants Barcelona.
If the La Liga leaders follow up their interest then it is unlikely that any other club will get a look in - the Catalans have already sent scouts to watch him in action and see him as a long-term replacement for influential skipper Carles Puyol - but if they fail to make a move West Ham could steal a march on their rivals.
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