A former senior Tottenham figure is advising West Ham as they hunt a deal to sign Saint-Etienne centre-back Wesley Fofana, according to a report.
Recent reports claim the Hammers have turned to Fofana in their hunt for a new defender.
The east London club have tried to sign Burnley’s James Tarkowski, but three bids have so far failed. Indeed, their latest offer for the England international amounted to £31million.
As such, Fofana has emerged as a prime target and West Ham are reportedly being advised on the move.
Football Insider says that Former Tottenham recruitment chief Paul Mitchell, who now works at Monaco, has played a key role in the bid.
Mitchell has reportedly told Hammers boss David Moyes that Fofana has “great promise” and “huge potential re-sale value”.
Fofana made 24 appearances last season, helping his side reach the French Cup final against Paris Saint-Germain.
However, he has shown a strong desire to move away, amid previous interest from Leicester. The Foxes have also made an offer for the 19-year-old, who admitted he would be “crazy” to turn that deal down.
Indeed, Fofana also shared fears that, having announced himself as an exciting defender last season, this transfer window may prove the best opportunity for him to progress his career.
Sullivan ‘depressed’ at West Ham transfer hunt
Meanwhile, Hammers co-owner David Sullivan has admitted that he has become “depressed” by the club’s stale transfer hunt.
West Ham’s only signing in recent months is Tomas Soucek. However, the midfielder’s move saw him sign a long-term deal after last season’s loan spell.
Sullivan claimed on talkSPORT that Moyes is spending close to “18 hours” a day looking at new signings.
However, clubs have shown an unwillingness to sell and want higher fees than West Ham are willing to pay.
West Ham have begun their Premier League campaign with defeats to Newcastle and Arsenal.