Stade de Reims goalkeeper Edouard Mendy may well be Manuel Pellegrini’s first signing as West Ham United manager, according to The Mirror.
The imposing stopper helped his side to earn promotion from Ligue 2 in France in 2017-18, conceding only 22 league goals and keeping 18 clean sheets along the way.
Mendy has gone under the radar in his own country but interest is thought to be high in his services, with Newcastle United boss Rafa Benitez also looking to snap up someone between the sticks ahead of the new season.
Given his slightly lower profile, the 26-year-old could be a cost effective option for a Premier League club unwilling to splash out big money.
West Ham endured major problems in the goalkeeping position last term and it is an area that needs improving if ambitions of a top-half finish in the coming campaign are to be realised.
Joe Hart was bought in on loan from Manchester City last summer with a view to taking over the number-one jersey, but the former Shrewsbury Town man looked out of form from the first match onward and ultimately lost his place in the side in December.
The 31-year-old’s lack of game time ultimately cost him a spot in England’s World Cup squad for the tournament in Russia, which kicks off next month.
Meanwhile, Adrian seemed to inspire more confidence in the defence and that is reflected in his stats; the Spaniard conceded 29 league goals in his 19 appearances, whilst Hart let in 10 more in the same number of matches.
Nonetheless, neither is seemingly considered a long-term solution to the problem position.
Mendy could be an inspired choice for West Ham but it would certainly be a step up for a man who is yet to play a single minute of top-flight football in his career to date.