By London correspondent Tony Hughes
West Ham are in talks to sign Davide Santon from Inter Milan, according to a report.
Sky Italy journalist Gianluca Di Marzio has claimed on his website that negotiations are ongoing between the two clubs about a loan-to-buy deal.
It is said that West Ham have offered a loan fee of £460,000 for the versatile full-back with an obligation to buy him permanently at the end of the campaign for £5million.
Santon, 25, has wide experience of the Premier League after spending four years at Newcastle from 2011 to 2015.
The Italy international joined Inter initially on loan in January 2015 before completing a permanent move to the Serie A club last summer.
West Ham have turned their attention to Santon as they aim to sign a new left-back following the knee injury that has ruled Aaron Cresswell out for four months.
He 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.
Slaven Bilic is keen to secure a left-back signing in time for the opening day of the Premier League season in just under two weeks time against Chelsea.
Full-back Sam Byram was moved away from his preferred right side to fill the problem position on the left side of the defence against Domzale last Thursday in the club’s Europa League tie, while Michail Antonio also moved out of his favourite attacking midfield position to slot in at right-back.
In other West Ham transfer news, they are lining up a £7million bid for a prolific attacker.