West Ham’s defence this season has been far from solid but the East London outfit are preparing to strengthen their ranks this weekend.

Despite signing Jose Fonte from Southampton during the January transfer window, West Ham remain keen on adding further defensive additions at the end of the season and are set to revive interest in a Premier League defender.

The Daily Mirror states West Ham are looking to take advantage of Sunderland’s likely relegation from the Premier League by launching a move to land Lamine Kone.

28-year-old Kone was linked with West Ham in January but penned a new deal with the Black Cats, although he’s likely to leave if the Wearside outfit fall to the second-tier of English football.

West Ham’s priority this summer is strengthening their defence, as well as recruiting a top-class striker, and the addition of experienced Kone could be an extremely valuable deal.

However, given Sunderland’s defensive frailties in recent seasons, there could be concerns that Kone will not boost the squad enough- although he’s unlikely to be the only defensive signing for West Ham this summer.

Kone could prove to be a very affordable option for the Hammers, as TransferMarkt values his services at just £5.95m.