David Moyes is hoping to bring in defensive reinforcements following some injury concerns in his squad and the Ivory Coast international is one player on his radar.
What’s the latest news involving Bailly?
Bailly hasn’t been involved in United’s opening two Premier League fixtures having failed to start a game in pre-season, which suggests that he isn’t in Erik Ten Hag’s thinking moving forward.
This comes after Bailly was generally overlooked for the majority of last season, making just seven appearances in all competitions, and started just three Premier League games.
Therefore, with the centre back seemingly up for sale, West Ham have approached the Red Devils about the £80,000 per-week ace’s services.
According to The Athletic, United have ‘fielded inquiries’ with the Hammers and French clubs Monaco and Marseille both ‘making contact’.
What did Crook say about Bailly?
Crook confirmed West Ham’s interest but admitted that the London Stadium outfit could be in a fight for Bailly’s signature.
He told GIVEMESPORT: “I think West Ham are very keen on him and so are Fulham, so there would be a bit of competition.”
Do West Ham need Bailly?
Moyes currently has four centre back options at his disposal, although given their current injury problems and previous issues to Angelo Ogbonna and Kurt Zouma, the Hammers boss could do with a couple more.
Summer signing Nayef Aguerd is already on the sidelines following an injury sustained in pre-season, which means he’s yet to make his competitive debut for West Ham, while Craig Dawson is suffering from fitness problems and is also yet to feature this season.
With Ogbonna also currently unavailable, Moyes was forced to start makeshift centre back Ben Johnson alongside Zouma against Manchester City and Nottingham Forest.
Moyes’ options have improved with the addition of PSG ace Thilo Kehrer, although there could still be room for one more.
In an already congested campaign due to the World Cup, West Ham will have another season of European football if they navigate their way through their Europa Conference League qualifier, which means that squad depth is likely to be vital.
With that in mind, if the Hammers can beat off competition for Bailly’s signature, adding him to there squad might be a wise idea.