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West Ham leading Samuel Umtiti race, Sky sources understand

Nice's French forward Hatem Ben Arfa (L) vies with Lyon's French Cameroonian defender Samuel Umtiti (R) during
Image: Samuel Umtiti (right) is on West Ham's radar

West Ham are leading the chase to sign Lyon centre-back Samuel Umtiti, Sky sources understand.

The Cameroon-born France Under-21 international made 30 appearances for Lyon last season and is regarded as one of Europe's brightest young talents.

Umtiti has previously been linked with moves to Paris Saint-Germain, Barcelona and Spurs.

France manager Didier Deschamps has named the 22-year-old on the standby list for this summer's European Championship.

The news of West Ham's efforts to sign Umtiti comes on the same day news emerged of a bid from the Hammers for AC Milan's Colombian striker Carlos Bacca.

AC Milan forward  Carlos Bacca celebrates after scoring
Image: West Ham have made a bid for AC Milan striker Carlos Bacca

West Ham have already had bids for Alexandre Lacazette and Callum Wilson turned down this summer, but co-chairman David Sullivan told Sky Sports News HQ last week the club are keen to add a world-class goalscorer to their ranks.

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West Ham have already agreed a deal to sign Norway international Havard Nordtveit, who will join the club on a free transfer following the expiry of his contract with German side Borussia Monchengladbach.

Havard Nordtveit of Moenchengladbach scores his teams first goalduring the Bundesliga match between Borussia Moenchengladbach and VfL Wolfsburg
Image: Havard Nordtveit has already agreed to join the Hammers this summer

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