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Report: Irons eyeing Manchester City ace

West Ham are battling Arsenal for the signing of Oleksandr Zinchenko from Manchester City, according to the London Evening Standard.

The Ukraine international was left heartbroken over the weekend as his side were beaten 1-0 by Wales in their World Cup qualifying play-off.

It means that Ukraine will not be going to the World Cup in Qatar later this year, with Wales instead joining the group featuring England, Iran, and the USA.

Zinchenko had put discussions over his future on hold until Ukraine’s qualification destiny was known and it now appears that the Hammers could push ahead with a move.

The City ace can play at left-back or in midfield and his versatility is said to appeal to both clubs, while David Moyes is keen to bring in a new left-back to provide support to Aaron Cresswell, with Arthur Masuaku likely to be moved on this summer.

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It remains to be seen how much Zinchenko would cost but City, of course, are under no financial pressure to sell.

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A journalist with 10 years' experience of working on National newspapers, now chief reporter covering the club that I've loved since I was a boy. Upton Park remains the greatest football stadium ever built.