WEST HAM are leading the chase for Portsmouth midfielder Kevin-Prince Boateng – but must fight off Birmingham, Sunderland and Stoke.
Crisis club Pompey insist they will not sell their prize asset on the cheap as they plan a mass clearout this summer.
Boateng, 23, has been one of the few successes of a dismal season at Fratton Park since his £4million move from Spurs last year.
And Pompey administrator Andrew Andronikou is hoping to start a bidding war for the £6m-rated former German Under-21 star, who will play his final game for the club in next month’s FA Cup final against Chelsea. Boateng, who managed just seven Premier League starts during two years at Spurs, is under contract until 2012.
That makes him one of the few Portsmouth players who will command a transfer fee as the club look to reduce their £105m debts.
Even Spurs boss Harry Redknapp has been surprised by Boateng’s performances this season and admits he was too hasty to sell the controversial midfielder.
No less than seven of Avram Grant’s first-team squad are out of contract in the summer and will not be offered new deals.