Reports in France are suggesting West Ham are interested in Toulouse defender Aymen Abdennour.

The 23-year-old Tunisian has impressed in Ligue 1 this season and his performances have put him in the shop window for a potential move away from France in the summer.

But Newcastle are thought to be favourites to secure his signature, while Barcelona are also reported to be keeping tabs on the youngster.

However, it’s believed Allardyce is hoping the lure of Premier League football and the possibility of playing in the Olympic Stadium could persuade the defender to choose East London over Tynside and Barcelona.