West Ham will not have to pay a transfer fee to sign Marseille midfielder Boubacar Kamara in the summer.

According to The Athletic, the Ligue 1 club offered the 22-year-old a contract extension, but he opted against signing it.

Given that he’s in the final year of his contract, he has decided to walk away on free at the end of the season.

This is welcome news for Hammers who were linked with him this summer, but did not end up making a move for him.

While there are no certain reasons why a move to the London Stadium did not materialise, the fact that he’s available for free could tempt them to re-enter the chase for the player.

According to The Daily Express, West Ham scouted him over the course of last season and were looking to sign him on a discounted fee.

He’s very similar to Declan Rice and much like the England international, he started his career as a centre-back before moving to midfield.

Given how David Moyes has tried using Rice in an advanced role, he could look for a sitting midfielder in case the 22-year-old finds solace in playing another position.

Kamara would be a perfect fit for the pace and physicality of the Premier League and it will be intriguing to see a midfield three of Rice, Tomas Soucek and the Frenchman.

In other West Ham news, the club are preparing to hold advanced talks with a striker Moyes admires

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