St Etienne rejected a bid from West Ham for Kevin Malcuit
Slaven Bilic is keen to use the money from Dimitri Payet's move to Marseille to bolster his squad before the transfer window closes.
And the West Ham boss has identified Malcuit as the ideal transfer target to improve his full-back positions.
But according to French publication Le 10 Sport, St Etienne have rejected a bid for the 25-year-old.
Slaven Bilic wants to add to his squad before the transfer window closes
The report claims the undisclosed offer from West Ham came as a surprise to the Ligue 1 side.
France Football earlier reported that St Etienne had rejected an offer of £7million for Malcuit, but didn't name who the bid came from.
Malcuit is also able to operate on the right-hand side of the midfield.
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Bilic wants to strengthen his full-back position with summer signing Alvaro Arbeloa out of favour at The London Stadium.
The 34-year-old has made just three Premier League appearances since joining from Real Madrid.