By Tony Hughes
West Ham are ready to make a move to sign Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic, according to a report.
The Sunday Express claims Hammers manager Slaven Bilic is keen to give the right-back the chance to remain in London that he craves.
It is said that West Ham are looking to prise Ivanovic from Stamford Bridge when the transfer window opens at the end of next month.
The Serbia international is out of contract with Chelsea at the end of the season and is set to leave after dropping down the pecking order under Antonio Conte.
He has lost his place in the side after the Chelsea manager reverted to a 3-4-3 formation that accommodates summer arrivals David Luiz and Marcos Alonso.
It is said that Ivanovic, 32, is keen to remain in the capital and has given a lukewarm response to interest from Inter Milan.
There has been some interest in him from the Chinese Super League but that is an option that he isn’t keen on taking up.
The Chinese certainly have the money to make a move attractive but he has four children who are settled in London and he isn’t keen on uprooting them.
Ivanovic has won eight major trophies since moving to Stamford Bridge for £9.7million from Russian side Lokomotiv Moscow in 2008.
He has won the league title twice during that time, under Carlo Ancelotti in 2010 and Jose Mourinho in 2015.
In other West Ham news, Karren Brady has described Andy Carroll in two words after his gunpoint drama.