By Harvey Byrne

West Ham defender Reece Burke is close to joining Championship side Wigan on loan, according to a reliable journalist.

Alan Nixon, who has a transfer column in the Sun following decades at the Daily Mirror, has revealed on his personal Twitter account that Burke’s move to the Lancashire club is “imminent.”

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This claim follows a report from the Sun that the defender, 19, is keen to move to Wigan and link up with his best friend Kyle Knoyle.

It is said that Blackburn and Barnsley also want Burke but his fellow Hammer Knoyle is already on loan at the DW Stadium, which could prove decisive.

Burke penned a new four-year deal with the Hammers last week and started at left-back in a weakened team in their Europa League defeat to Astra Giurgiu.

Speaking to the Hammers’ official website, Burke accepts his development will be best secured by a move away from the London Stadium to gain regular first-team football.

“This season, another loan move may happen for me,” Burke told West Ham’s official website. “I think I’m going to try and do Championship – the next step. I’ll hopefully get another load of games under my belt.”

England Under-20 international Burke won Bradford City’s Player of the Year last term, after making 36 appearances in all competitions during a loan spell at Valley Parade.

The Newham-born academy graduate has made 12 senior West Ham appearances and was named the ‘Young Hammer of the year’ for the 2014-15 season.

The Hammers are happy to allow their young fringe players to leave the London Stadium on-loan, after letting Stephen Hendrie join Blackburn and Josh Cullen join Bradford.

In other West Ham transfer news, the Hammers are not interested in signing Arsenal’s injury-prone playmaker Jack Wilshere.