West Ham Lead Chase for Woefully Inadequate Defender

Emirates ‘defender’ counts the number of times he has successfully prevented an attacking opposition advance during his Gunners ‘career’.

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Mikael Silvestre Celebrates Scoring Arsenal's 1st goal Arsenal 2008/09 Arsenal V Tottenham Hotspur (4-4) 29/10/08 The Premier League Photo Robin Parker Fotosports International understands four Premier League clubs are in the hunt for former Manchester United and Arsenal defender Mikael Silvestre.

The 32-year-old was released by Arsenal at the end of last season and is currently training in the South of France to keep up his fitness.

West Ham and Wigan are thought to be interested in his signature, while two other top-flight sides are tracking his progress.

Silvestre made 12 Premier League appearances for the Gunners last term, but left upon the expiration of his contract at the end of the campaign.

Previous to his move to the Emirates, the former France international spent nine years with Manchester United where he appeared 249 times in the league.

Silvestre has been targeted by both the Hammers and the Latics as they look to bolster their defences before kick-off in August. (Sky Sports)

News that Avram Grant is interested in French defender Mikael Silvestre should scare the life out of Hammers fans. The 32 year old may well have been a consistent performer during his lengthy stint at Old Trafford but he is a shadow of that player now.

His time at the Emirates shuffled from poor to woeful to abysmal and it was no surprise when a new deal was not secured. Even as a utility player or back up he is not worth considering because it appears that any footballing ability he did previously possess has long since been vanquished.

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