Last Updated: Thu, 08 Nov 2012 10:51
West Ham's hopes of landing Porto defender Abdoulaye Ba in the new year have been hit with the news that Aston Villa also want him.
Hammers boss Sam Allardyce has been strongly linked with a move for the player and he is said to be monitoring the 21-year-old's situation closely, but Villa boss Paul Lambert has now joined the list of interested parties.
Villa scouts reportedly watched the highly-rated centre-half play against Dynamo Kiev on Tuesday night - a game which sealed the Portuguese side's passage into the last 16 of the Champions League.
The Senegal international is thought to be available for a loan move in January and has been attracting attention from a handful of Premier League clubs this season.
The defender, who was sent out to Academica last season on loan, is well thought of by Porto but they would be happy to let him leave if someone comes up with the right money.
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