The Mirror (02/08, p64) have reported that West Ham United are ready to challenge Southampton in their pursuit of Kyle Walker-Peters this summer.
The right-back came into his own during his loan spell on the South Coast this year and has won over many Saints fans with his classy displays since the restart.
It was previously claimed that Southampton were keen to move early to complete a deal for the defender in the summer (The Sun), with Sky Sports suggesting that Walker-Peters could be used by Spurs in a player plus cash deal to sign Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg.
The Mirror now reveal that Ralph Hasenhuttl’s side may face competition from West Ham, who also wanted to sign the Spurs academy graduate on loan during the January transfer window.
It is revealed that David Moyes is a fan of Walker-Peters and that the Hammers could be about to make an approach for the defender.
The report claims that Southampton are still in pole position for the 23-year-old’s signature and are hoping to rush through a deal to beat Tottenham’s London rivals.
Walker-Peters is said to be rated at £12million by Spurs and the report suggests that a swap deal with Hojbjerg is likely, with both Tottenham and Southampton said to be in advanced negotiations for the midfielder.
It is suggested that the two clubs are likely to agree on a fee of around £18m for the Denmark international.
Spurs Web Opinion
It appears as if Hojbjerg is keen on moving to Spurs while I would not be surprised if Walker-Peters is also desperate to continue at the South Coast following his successful loan spell. So, it is in both clubs’ interest to get a deal agreed. If we manage to land Hojbjerg for Walker-Peters plus £6m, that would be a fantastic deal for us under the circumstances.
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