West Ham facing competition to sign defender this summer

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West Ham United face some competition this summer.

The Hammers are attempting to strengthen their squad after a genuinely poor season in east London.

They finished the season in 16th place in the Premier League, five points clear of relegated AFC Bournemouth.

Wins over Norwich City and Watford in the run-in proved decisive, as both sides were ultimately relegated from the division.

They are now making plans to give David Moyes the reinforcements needed to stay in the division next term.

Football Insider reports that they are interested in Nottingham Forest defender Matty Cash but it may not be quite as simple as just convincing him to move to London.

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Both Fulham and Sheffield United are interested in securing the full-back, with the Blades having a bid of £10 million rejected.

The Cottagers are the latest club to express an interest, with Cash making 42 appearances in the Championship in 2019/20.

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He scored three goals and registered five assists, and there is a desire at Forest to receive the highest possible fee for the right-back.

Forest are said to be holding out for £15 million, a figure that the majority of Premier League clubs could conceivably match.

GIVEMESPORT’S Harry Sherlock says…

West Ham need to ensure that they aren’t beaten to the punch here.

They need a right-back following the departures of both Jeremy Ngakia and Pablo Zabaleta.

So bringing in Cash has to be a priority in this transfer window.

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The Hammers don’t necessarily have loads of cash to splash in this window, but a deal for the 23-year-old should be a priority.

At 23, he’s young enough to grow and improve at the London Stadium; as long as costs don’t spiral because so many clubs are interested, West Ham should try to get to the front of the queue.

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