West Ham United Close to Securing Top Notch Free Transfer Deal: Hammers Ready to Sign Sidney Govou

Upton Park hope to persuade French international to make move to east London.

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Govou of Olympique Lyon looks on during their Champions League semi-final first leg soccer match against Bayern Munich in Munich

West Ham hope to close a deal for France international Sidney Govou this week.
Govou, 30, is out of contract at Lyon and is available on a free transfer after playing his last game for the club against Le Mans.
Birmingham and Sunderland have also been chasing the winger, but West Ham are strong favourites to clinch his signature.

Waving goodbye: Sidney Govou has played his last game for Lyon
Govou said: ‘For sure, I will not play for Lyon next season. I have some contacts and I am relaxed as coaches know what I can bring to their team. I never said my ambition is to play in this or that league. I am open [to offers] and relaxed.’
West Ham owners David Sullivan and David Gold are determined to strengthen the squad and bring in some big name signings during the summer.
West Ham, meanwhile, have dropped interest in Ipswich wonder kid Connor Wickham. Along with Sunderland, they were keen on 17-year-old Wickham, whose agent is ex-Upton Park favourite Paul Goddard, but they could not match Tottenham’s offer of £5m that will also allow Ipswich to keep him on a season-long loan.
Wickham is with the England squad at the European Under-17 Championship finals being staged in Liechtenstein, where they open tonight against the Czech Republic. (Daily Mail)

If West Ham manage to secure the vastly experienced Lyon winger then they would be clinching potentially one of the bargains of the summer. The one club man has been a regular at the Stade Gerland for over a decade and has seven domestic titles in the process and was named as part of Raymond Domenech’s World Cup squad and still has a lot to offer.

The 30 year old is a speedy talented wideman who can also play as part of a two man strike force and given he would be available for nothing comes at the perfect price for a West Ham side who are in something of a period of transition. With Gianfranco Zola ousted as Hammers boss one wonders who is now picking targets this summer, perhaps its Avram Grant? The Israeli has been strongly linked with a move to Upton Park.

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