Wesley Fofana: West Ham set Saint-Etienne deadline after £33m bid for centre-back

West Ham in race with Leicester to sign 19-year-old centre-back from Saint-Etienne; both clubs also interested in Burnley's James Tarkowski

Saint-Etienne's French defender Wesley Fofana (front) vies with Epinal's French forward Mickael Biron during the French Cup quarter-final football match between SAS Epinal and AS Saint-Etienne at Marcel Picot stadium in Tomblaine, northeastern France on February 13, 2020. (Photo by JEAN-CHRISTOPHE VERHAEGEN / AFP) (Photo by JEAN-CHRISTOPHE VERHAEGEN/AFP via Getty Images)
Image: Wesley Fofana made 24 appearances for St Etienne last season and impressed in the French Cup final against PSG's Neymar

West Ham have given Saint-Etienne until Friday to accept their take-it-or-leave-it offer worth £33m for centre-back Wesley Fofana.

Other clubs are interested in the 19-year-old, but West Ham are believed to have made the highest offer so far - which includes an initial fee of £23m and up to £10m in add-ons.

The Hammers, who are proposing to pay the £23m over six annual instalments, do not want to get into a bidding war for the centre-back.

Leicester have also been in talks to sign Fofana, who has been vocal on social media of his desire to move on from Ligue 1.

The Hammers are looking to add a centre-back to their ranks this summer and have seen three bids turned down by Burnley for James Tarkowski, who is also on the Foxes' transfer radar.

Despite signing a new contract in April, Fofana has told Saint-Etienne head coach Claude Puel he wants to leave to play in the Premier League and was left out of the club's matchday squad to play Nantes on Sunday evening.

St Etienne originally wanted £25m for their defender, significantly beyond what Leicester are willing to pay to bring him to the King Power Stadium.

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Fofana made 24 appearances for St Etienne in a breakthrough campaign last year, as the team qualified for the Europa League and made the French Cup final.

Wesley Fofana (right) in action against Kylian Mbappe in St Etienne's Ligue 1 fixture against PSG 1:30
French football expert Jonathan Johnson says Leicester must 'strike now' for St Etienne's Wesley Fofana as he will be a player in demand come next summer

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