Hammers consider move for Leicester defender


YohanWest Ham is considering a move for Leicester City defender Yohan Benalouane, according to Foot Mercato.

The former France under-21 man is not a guaranteed starter for the King Power Stadium side however, with Wes Morgan and Robert Huth at the centre of their defence.

Benalouane waited twenty months to make his full league debut he has had to be very patient. The French Tunisian defender has made just four league appearances for Leicester City since joining from Italian side Atalanta in August, 2015, but all were substitute appearances.

His only other games have come in the cup competitions when City have made wholesale changes, and the 29-year-old even had a stint as captain of the Development squad to give him some much-needed pitch time.

Benalouane finally stepped in for injured skipper Wes Morgan  to help Leicester to their first away league win of the season, at West Ham.

 Benalouane said it was great to be back playing again and admitted it had been a testing time.  “I have had to be patient, which has been difficult,” he said after the 3-2 win at the London Stadium.

“I love my work, you know. For me when I don’t play it is difficult but when I play I am very happy.”

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  • West Ham Fan No 32 says:

    This would probably be the oddest of all transfers if he is a centre back because we have so many, Ogbonna, Collins, Reid, Fonte, Oxford, Burke aswell as Kouyate who can play CB and Nordveidt who has also played that position.

  • hammersfan01 says:

    You often wonder what goes through the heads of these writers when they come up with stuff like this – this is someone who can’t get into Leicester’s first team, when their primary centre back pair is approaching what could charitably be called the “veteran” stage of their careers. So how would he be an improvement over what we already have? We know that Reid and Oggy would be Slaven’s first choice, and Ginge will always be first alternate, not to mention all the cover we have in those positions. So what would be the benefit of signing this man?

  • essexirons says:

    Why the hell would we want a 29 yr old who can’t get in a underperforming leicester side?
    Another random name the media has plucked out of thin air.

  • FUGMASTER says:

    At this rate we’ll be linked with a move to bring back David Beckham and perhaps Geoff Hurst, anytime now??!??????

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