New reports that the Hammers are ready to hold talks with Dynamo Kiev central defender Alexsander Dragovic this week have been described as “highly unlikely.”
The 24 year old was named as a Hammers target a couple of weeks back before Kiev went public with a £20 million plus valuation
However, a source close to the Hammers board claimed that he was one of a number of names that had been discussed “and no more than that.”
This morning however, one national paper said that the player was set for talks with the player which were again knocked back by the same source who is also privvy to Slaven Bilic’s thoughts on players.
But he said: “The board are moving quickly in their efforts to fulfil the brief given to them by Slav.
He said: “We expect a deal for the central defender within seven days- a player to join Winston Reid has always been the manager’s priority.
“The two major signings so far – Pedro Obiang and Dimitri Payet had been identified before his arrival but the new manager made it clear at the interview stage he would need the top defender plus another attacking and holding midfielder and right back.”
The current thinking is that Juventus’ Angelo Ogbonna is seen as the Reid partner whilst a loan deal will be organised for the fourth striker.
The next attacking midfielder through the dressing room doors is still being kept a well guarded secret.