West Ham United have bid £4.5 million in an attempt to land Red Bull Salzburg defender Rasmus Kristensen, according to The Sun.
The Hammers are hoping to land the right-back before tomorrow’s deadline, although there is a stumbling block.
The Austrian side are hoping to land a replacement of their own first which could throw a spanner in West Ham’s plans.
Salzburg’s only other right-back is Patrick Farkas. He is being closely monitored following a stroke back in October.
David Moyes has been on the case of several right-backs this month.
Matty Cash from Nottingham Forest and Kyle Walker-Peters of Tottenham have both been linked this month.
Kristensen has played 17 games in all competitions this season, including six times in the Champions League.
He arrived in Austria from Ajax during last summer and has played 26 times for the Denmark under-21s.
West Ham are in need of a right-back having lost Ryan Fredricks through injury.
The other option is Pablo Zabaleta but he is now 35 and probably isn’t capable of playing every single week in a league as demanding as the Premier League.
TBR View – Unknown quantity but Kristensen could be shrewd
The 22-year-old won’t be known to too many West Ham fans but he might prove a decent acquisition.
At £4.5 million he would be considerably cheaper than the other players they have been linked with this month.
With Fredericks likely to return this season, spending big money on a right-back doesn’t seem like a great idea.
Zabaleta can cope with playing some games but taking the burden of every game would probably be too much.
Kristensen might prove a shrewd addition if he comes in and hits the ground running.