Big Sam keeps watching brief on Alonso

WHITES defender Marcos Alonso could be a summer target for former Wanderers boss Sam Allardyce at West Ham United.

The 22-year-old is out of contract at the end of the season and was heavily linked to a move in last month’s transfer window.

Italian side Fiorentina enquired about the Spaniard’s services while Swansea City, Nottingham Forest and Stoke City were also thought to have expressed an interest.

No club met the Whites’ valuation of the left-back signed from Real Madrid in 2010, believed to be in the region of £600,000, and he remains part of Dougie Freedman’s squad at the Reebok.

But there are reports in the national media that Allardyce, who was also linked with a move for ex-Whites loanee Stephen Warnock last month, is monitoring Alonso ahead of him becoming a free agent in the close season.

It is believed he had his chief scout watch the full-back at the weekend when Wanderers beat Burnley 2-1.

Alonso, who has made 31 first-team appearances for Wanderers, is yet to pen a new deal to stay in Lancashire beyond the summer.

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