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Report: West Ham eye Harry Souttar; Crystal Palace and Wolves keen

West Ham United have scouted Harry Souttar regularly over the last few months, while Wolves and Crystal Palace also want the Stoke City defender, according to a report from the Daily Express.

Souttar actually went into this season still awaiting the chance to make his league debut for the Potters. But no player has started more games for Michael O’Neill’s men in the Championship this term.

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The 22-year-old has been a revelation. And it appears that Stoke may now face a battle to keep the Australia international.

According to the Daily Express, the Hammers, Eagles and Wolves are all monitoring Souttar. It is suggested that they have sent scouts to watch him regularly.

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The report does note that a significant bid would be required to tempt Stoke to even consider letting him go.

But with O’Neill’s side 10 points off the play-offs right now, they must be aware that the Premier League interest could make life difficult.

David Moyes’s men do not lack options at the heart of the defence. But judging by Fabian Balbuena’s lack of game-time, it would perhaps not be a surprise if he had one eye on leaving this summer.

The Hammers did bring Frederik Alves in earlier this season. But he looks to be one for the future. And while Souttar is not that much older, he looks to be further along in his development.

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