West Ham are in talks to sign Chamois Niortais forward Kevin Malcuit, according to French news outlet RMC.
The Hammers admitted on their official website earlier that they had made official bids four strikers based overseas, claiming that Slaven Bilic felt more value can be found away from English football.
And after the Hammers found Diafra Sakho from FC Metz in the depths of France’s second tier, it looks as if they have returned for yet another hidden gem in Malcuit.
The 24-year-old is a product of Monaco’s youth academy and is reportedly being tracked by the likes of Nice and AS Saint-Etienne. He’s a very versatile player who can play as a full-back, winger and striker.
However, unlike Sakho, Malcuit is not known for his goal scoring ability. Since 2010 he has scored just six league goals, though that could be because he has mostly been used as a full-back, rather than a front man.
The reports in France don’t mention a potential fee, but they do claim Niortais will not stand in Malcuit’s way if he wants to leave.