West Ham are reportedly interested in trying to sign defender Kai Wagner from MLS club Philadelphia Union.
According to the Daily Mail, the Hammers are joined by London and Premier League rivals Fulham in showing interest in the 23-year-old.
It is claimed that the German is a highly-rated star catching the eye in the MLS and clubs are now considering potential bids when the transfer window opens in January.
The report explains that the left-back is valued at £3.5million, which is “well within” the transfer budgets of both West Ham and Fulham.
Wagner, 23, has been a bit hit in America with Philadelphia Union, but has very little experience at the top level.
The left-footed full-back previously played second-tier football in homeland Germany, but has developed massively since his move and is an attack-minded defender with eight assists in 49 appearances for Philadelphia Union.
Wagner would be making a big step up if he did end up in the Premier League in January, but could be worth the gamble for West Ham at a minimal £3.5million price tag and he looks like he’d be a shrewd signing.
With Aaron Cresswell thriving in his role as a centre-back in a back three three, it leaves speedster Arthur Masuaku as the sole option at left wing-back.
David Moyes’ side didn’t get a huge amount of business done in the summer transfer window and the squad looks a little thin in some areas, which is why bringing in a left-back to provide cover for Masuaku should be viewed as a priority.
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