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Hammers planning move for Boateng

West Ham are planning a summer move for Portsmouth midfielder Kevin-Prince Boateng, who is one of a host of Pompey players set to leave Fratton Park at the end of the season.

Boateng joined Portsmouth from Spurs last August after admitting his career had stalled since arriving in England from Bundesliga outfit Hertha Berlin in 2007.

And he has been one of Pompey's most consistent performers in a torrid season, netting five goals in 25 games - including the second goal in the 2-0 FA Cup semi-final victory over Spurs.

West Ham have already signalled their intent to strengthen the squad to ensure they are not embroiled in another relegation battle next season, though a £4 million bid for West Brom midfielder Graham Dorrans was turned down by the Championship club on Tuesday.

Now the Hammers have turned their attention to Boateng, and with Portsmouth already admitting their entire squad is up for sale, West Ham can expect to get the German-born midfielder in a cut-price deal.

Ironically, Pompey boss Avram Grant could also be heading to Upton Park, as he is reportedly one of the favourites to land the manager's job should Gianfranco Zola resign or be sacked.

But there are many other top names in the frame if the Hammers do change manager, with Slaven Bilic and Steve McClaren topping the candidates.


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