Hammers to raid Southampton again


Hammers to raid Southampton for defender

According to Talksport, West Ham are exploring the possibility of securing right-back Kyle Walker-Peters. Tim Steidten has been specifically tasked with identifying homegrown talent as a priority.

Although West Ham sources suggest that the January window will only see the recruitment of a loan striker, a right-back is believed to be high on the priority list. Vladimir Coufal’s form has been inconsistent this season, raising uncertainty within the club regarding offering him a new extended contract.

Kyle Walker-Peters is on West Ham's wanted list

Hammers to raid Southampton for Kyle Walker-Peters

There is a good trading relationship between West Ham and Southampton, following the acquisition of James Ward Prowse and the loan of Flynn Downes to the south coast club.

Despite Southampton’s active summer in selling first-team players after relegation from the Premier League, they successfully retained Walker-Peters. With West Ham’s interest looming in January. The Saints have fallen some wat behind the automatic promotion spots in the Championship. Walker-Peters could command a fee in the region of £30m.

For West Ham, Walker-Peters could provide an excellent long-term replacement for Coufal, offering an upgrade in attack. The 26-year-old’s existing top-flight experience eliminates any need for an adaptation period.

Whilst top-flight clubs expressing interest in January is unsurprising, Walker-Peters could be an ideal purchase for the Hammers, especially given our European and cup commitments this season.

Nevertheless, Southampton will make every effort to retain the former Tottenham academy graduate, given his consistent performances in every league game this season, versatility in playing on both flanks, and contributions of two goals and two assists for Russell Martin.

With Southampton holding an interest in Danny Ings there could perhaps be a swap deal to help both clubs?

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