West Ham are poised to make a move for Ghana defender John Mensah, who is available on a free transfer.
Mensah ended his contract with Lyon during the summer and is keen to make a return to the Premier League after having a successful season on loan at Sunderland last year.
West Ham boss Sam Allardyce has already brought in 11 players during the last transfer window which included a spectacular move to sign Andy Carroll from Liverpool on loan.
But he is determined to strengthen his squad even more and knows he needs more cover at the back as he only has Winston Reid, James Tomkins and James Collins to choose from.
Mensah, 29, has a wealth of experience and is hoping to finalise his future over the international break.
Clubs are still able to sign free agents despite the transfer window closing on Friday night and West Ham hope they can strike a deal to take him over the international break.