West Ham are tracking £7 million Villareal captain and right back Mario Gaspar.
The Hammers have been looking world wide for a permanent right sided defender but ClaretandHugh understands that both Chelsea and Manchester City are keen on the player.
Barcelona made a move in the summer but the player snubbed all moves to remain in Spain given his love of Villareal where he has been since he was eight years old.
He has been a member of the first team since 2007 and has recently topped 250 appearances whilst currently having made two international appearances.
He wants to move into the Premier League and the Hammers have been alerted to the player by his advisers whom we understand are also set for talks with Chelsea.
We were told exclusively by sources close to the player: “West Ham are aware of the player’s availability as are one or two other clubs. They are keeping tabs on the situation but Chelsea are also in the frame and the player wants to be in London.”