By London correspondent Tony Hughes
West Ham are close to signing Olympiakos left-back Arthur Masuaku, according to a reliable journalist.
Guardian football correspondent Daniel Taylor revealed on his personal Twitter account on Saturday that the Hammers are on the verge of landing the Frenchman, 22.
Been told this morning that West Ham close to signing Arthur Masuaku, a 22-year-old French left-back from Olympiakos #whufc
— Daniel Taylor (@DTguardian) August 6, 2016
Masuaku, who is a former France Under-19 international, has two years remaining on his contract with the Greek club.
He has been a mainstay of the Olympiakos team since his 2014 transfer from Valenciennes.
West Ham manager Slaven Bilic has admitted it is a “priority” for the team to secure a left-back signing in time for the opening day of the Premier League season in just over one weeks time against Chelsea.
This comes after Aaron Cresswell was ruled out for up to four months with a knee injury.
The Hammers had agreed a loan-to-buy deal for Davide Santon form Inter Milan but Sky Sports claim on Friday that the left-back failed a medical..
It is the second reported West Ham deal to collapse in 24 hours after Diafro Sakho’s £16million move to West Brom fell through on Thursday due to what Sky Sports stated were fitness issues.
Cresswell was a key player last year in an outstanding season for West Ham, who defied the odds to finish seventh in the Premier League and guarantee European football for this campaign.
In other West Ham transfer news, Bilic has shared how West Ham will land big-name targets.