By Will Butcher

Bayer Leverkusen left-back Wendell has emerged as a West Ham target to replace injured Aaron Cresswell, according to a report.

Manager Slaven Bilic is desperate to bring in a left-sided defender after former Ipswich ace Cresswell was sidelined for four months with a knee injury sustained last weekend.

Italian football website claim that Leverkusen’s Brazilian under-20 international is being considered by Bilic and his recruitment staff.

Wendell is highly-rated and the 23-year-old has excelled during his time in Germany, with Barcelona FC, Real Madrid and Porto all sending scouts to watch the pacy defender.

It is said that Wendell is one of the candidates to replace Cresswell after the Hammers were linked on Tuesday with a double raid on relegated Norwich for left-sided pair Robbie Brady and Marcus Olsson.

The versatile left-back can also play on the left-side of midfield, and has even occupied the left-side of a front three.

The Hammers have also been linked with a move for Premier League champion and former Manchester United defender Alexander Buttner, and according to FOX Sports, Bilic is a keen admirer of the Holland youth international.

The Hammers have been successful in the transfer market so far, bringing in international stars Gokhan Tore, Havard Nordtveit and Sofiane Feghouli as Bilic looks to bolster his ranks as the East London side prepare for a European campaign.

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