West Ham are close to completing the signing of Anderlecht defender Cheikhou Kouyate on a deal believed to be in the region of £7.5m.

The Senegalese international, who is also wanted by Arsenal and Liverpool, and last season played a pivotal role in helping Anderlecht win the Belgian Super Cup, has been on the clubs radar for some time, and it now looks like Sam has got his man.

West Ham are also set to launch a bid for Manchester City defender Micah Richards. More to follow on these stories in due course.


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