West Ham cool interest in Bordeaux defender Sane, reveals club president Triaud

The Hammers opened discussions with the Ligue 1 club over the defender, but their decision not to follow up their enquiry with a concrete offer has left the French chief bemused
Bordeaux president Jean-Louis Triaud has hit out at West Ham and "the politics of English clubs" after they cooled their interest in defender Ludovic Sane.

The 26-year-old has been linked with clubs such as Southampton, Everton and the Hammers in the past few seasons, with the east London outfit making contact with les Girondins over a potential move last year.

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Sane - who can also play as a holding midfielder - has already spoken of his desire to play in the Premier League and revealed that one club had scouted him during last season's campaign.

But West Ham have not followed up their interest in the Senegal international since enquiring about his availability, and Triaud is disappointed that the club have backed away from a potential deal.

He told RMC Sport: "Regarding Sane, West Ham approached us last season but since them it's been total silence. This is a bit of the politics of English clubs. They emphatically expressed their interest and I don't see why their tastes would have changed."

Sane made 43 appearances in all competitions for Bordeaux last season, scoring once in both Ligue 1 and the Europa League, and received one red card.