Report: West Ham could rival Southampton for Tottenham defender
Kyle Walker-Peters may become the subject of a last-ditch bid from West Ham United, with the Sunday Mirror (2/8; page 64) reporting that Southampton hope to tie up a move for the Tottenham Hotspur right-back this coming week.
Walker-Peters impressed during his time on loan at St Mary’s, particularly following the season’s resumption.
Unsurprisingly therefore, it appears that Ralph Hasenhuttl is hoping to keep the 23-year-old. And it looks as though the Saints are in a strong position to complete a move.
The Sunday Mirror (2/8; page 64) reports that Southampton want to seal a move for Walker-Peters this week. But Hammers boss David Moyes is also interested in the £12 million-rated youngster.
In fact, the Mirror suggests that Moyes is looking for the Irons board to give a late bid for Walker-Peters the green light.
It must also be noted that Southampton are reportedly in pole position with the club in advanced talks with Spurs, who are interested in Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg moving in the opposite direction.
TBR View: West Ham face uphill battle
It already appears that West Ham are clear outsiders for Walker-Peters’s signature. After struggling for game-time at Spurs, he will surely be delighted with how the latter stages of his loan at St Mary’s played out.
Moyes meanwhile, also has Ryan Fredericks in his squad. While Walker-Peters’s arrival would surely lead to questions concerning Fredericks’s future, he may be concerned about how much he would play if he moved to the London Stadium while the former Fulham man is there.
Yan Valery seemed to become a clear second-choice towards the end of last season at Southampton. So the key role in Hasenhuttl’s side looks to be there for Walker-Peters.
Unless Moyes can provide significant assurances therefore, it is really difficult to imagine West Ham snatching the Spurs man from the Saints’s grasp.
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