West Ham United have joined the chase for teenage Stuttgart defender Ozan Kabak, according to a report by the Guardian.
They report that following the German club’s relegation from the Bundesliga, Kabak has a 15 million euro (£13.4 million) release clause, which represents decent value for a player of his potential.
The report says that Bayern Munich are leading the race for the defender – the German champions have a habit of hoovering up all of the best talent from their domestic league – but West Ham are keen.
The Daily Mail reported last week that north London rivals Tottenham and Arsenal are also keen on the defender’s services – and West Ham have now added to that transfer tussle.
Bayern Munich are reshaping their squad – especially their defence – after an underwhelming campaign in which they trailed domestically for much of the season and were swatted aside by Liverpool in the Champions League.
And it would be understandable if Kabak opted for the German champions, but perhaps West Ham could offer the greater prospect of gametime.
And the arrival of a highly-rated teenager, who would be coming to east London to play, should seal the exit of the Italian international, pushing him further down the pecking order and closer to the door.