West Ham United have made an enquiry to sign Wigan Athletic defender Cedric Kipre according to the Daily Mail.
It is believed that Watford and a number of German sides are also interested in signing the Latics defender ahead of the summer transfer window.
Wigan have had their fair share of off-the-field problems in recent weeks, with the club recently being placed into administration, which could result in them being hit with a points deduction.
With their financial difficulties, a number of Paul Cook’s key players could be sold in the summer, with Kipre likely to be one of the first to be heading for the exit door at the DW Stadium.
The central defender has made 35 appearances in total this season for Wigan, who are currently sat 13th in the Championship table.
The Latics recently thrashed Hull City 8-0 in their last match, and they’ll be keen to finish this year’s campaign strongly under the management of Cook.
Wigan are set to return to action this weekend when they take on Charlton Athletic at The Valley, in what would potentially be a tricky test for the Latics.
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This could be a smart bit of business by the Hammers.
Kipre has really impressed me with Wigan Athletic this season, and I think he’s more than capable of making the step up to the Premier League with West Ham.
David Moyes’ side need long-term replacements for the likes of Angelo Ogbonna, and Kipre could be the ideal man to step into the West Ham back-line.
A deal between the Hammers and Wigan could be available at a cheaper price due to the Latics’ financial problems, so this could be a shrewd signing by the Premier League side.