West Ham United have reportedly asked about the possibility of taking Tottenham Hotspur defender Kyle Walker-Peters on loan.
According to a report from The Guardian, the Hammers are looking to rival Southampton and Crystal Palace for the England U21 international, who is out of favour at Spurs under Jose Mourinho.
The Portuguese has put his faith in Serge Aurier since replacing Mauricio Pochettino, and Walker-Peters has featured just once in the Champions League against, especially Bayern Munich.
West Ham are in need of some reinforcements at right-back, with the ageing Pablo Zabaleta currently filling in for the injured Ryan Fredericks.
He’s not expected back until the end of February and, in a division swarming with rapid wingers, the Irons could perhaps do with a bit of pace.
West Ham may or may not be wasting their time with a loan offer for Walker-Peters though, with The Daily Mail reporting the club want to sell the 22-year-old and value him at £12 million.
TBR’s view – West Ham have to be serious
If Spurs want to sell then West Ham shouldn’t be wasting time with a loan move.
The need for a new long-term right-back is clear especially with Zabaleta leaving at the end of the season, potentially into retirement.
With Southampton and Palace both circling West Ham need to blow them both out of the water with a permanent offer that Spurs want.
The player probably isn’t worth £12 million, but time is running out for the Hammers – at least he has some Premier League experience and is a hell of a lot more mobile than Zabaleta.