By Jamie Sanderson | Friday, June 29, 2012
West Ham have made a £4 million bid for controversial Rennes defender Abdou Kader Mangane.
The 29-year-old centre back, who can also play in midfield, has become something of a hate figure in France, following a series of dangerous tackles, including one on Valenciennes midfielder Jonathan Lacourt in 2009, that broke both his tibia and fibula, and ruled him out of the game for two years.
Mangane is often booed at most away grounds in France, but that has not put off Arsenal, Newcastle and Sunderland, who have all been to watch the Senegal international in action during the last 12 months.
However, despite their interest, Premier League new boys West Ham have now jumped the queue, and lodged a £4 million bid with Ligue 1 side Rennes.
Mangane, known for his power, pace and nononsense approach, has secured a French passport to help ease a transfer to English football, and with just 12 months left on his current deal, Rennes are desperate to do business.
Hammers boss Sam Allarydce is keen to add more experience to his squad this summer, and has already brought in Bolton veteran Jussi Jaaskelainen, along with and Wigan enforcer Mohamed Diame, with more to follow.