West Ham have had an initial £2million bid for left-back Stephen Hendrie rejected by his Scottish club Hamilton, according to the Daily Mail.
The 20-year-old has attracted a lot of attention while making over 100 appearances for his club side – who he is out of contract with in the summer – and he’s regarded as one of the Scottish Premier League’s finest talents.
Hendrie has said he is ready for a move to a big side and he is a known admirer of the English game, although as a Celtic fan he could be persuaded to a switch to the SPL champions.
Hamilton are desperate to hold on to their prized asset but as his reputation continues to grow it has become increasingly difficult. With his contract coming to an end in the summer and his admission that he wants a move they may now be willing to cash-in on the player during this transfer window.
Celtic, Swansea City and Crystal Palace have all watched the full-back in recent weeks and West Ham will have their work cut out in trying to convince him to choose east London.
Hendrie is expected to follow a similar path to Hull City’s Scotland international Andy Robertson who joined in the summer from Dundee United and has been a big success in his first season.
COVER FOR CRESSWELL?
Many may be questioning as to why Sam Allardyce is targeting a left-back when Aaron Cresswell has been such a revelation this term, but it would provide some much needed competition.
Other areas are certainly in more need of attention, however when an opportunity to sign a talented player such as Hendrie arises it would be foolish to pass it up.
Allardyce is keen to bolster his squad in order to help his side continue to mount a serious challenge for one of the European places and having two quality players for each position is the ideal way to do that.
This season they do have the luxury of a better and bigger squad although they are still a little light in a few areas, particularly defence.
Joey O’Brien and Dan Potts are the only other left-backs in the squad and neither is genuine Premier League quality, so the addition of Hendrie could be vital going into the business end of the season.