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In many ways, it is criminal for West Ham to have fallen short of the lead when there is a genuine opportunity to boost the Champions League next season.
The problem at this stage of the season is that any free agent is going to be left without a club for a very good reason, so there is a danger that he will disrupt the locker room or just not be very good.
It appears that transfer plans have now moved forward to improve the team for next season, and a report from Mercato foot has linked West Ham with a play by a defender who is going to be left without a contract.
Pape Aljoner Ndiaye has an interesting profile as he is only 23 years old and 203cm tall, while he has been completely impressive in Ukraine this season, where he has been voted their best defender so far this season.
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As you can imagine he is dominant in the air and is out of contract at the end of the season, so that would be an interesting point, especially considering that he has only played in the Spanish third division and in Ukraine for a couple of seasons.
Understandably, there is a lot of competition for his signature right now with two Ligue 1 teams watching him, while Braga and Besiktas are also mentioned, so he is clearly a talented player.
At this point it might just be a project that needs to be borrowed, but that will depend on how quickly you can move forward, but it’s certainly another name to consider for the summer.