West Ham have joined the hunt to sign Rangers centre-back Connor Goldson, Football Insider has learned.
The Premier League club are facing a major battle to avoid relegation after a 4-1 thrashing at the hands of Leicester City last night.
A West Ham source has told Football Insider that the club are weighing up long-term defensive targets and Goldson is among those on their list as they eye a potential summer deal.
Manager David Moyes has deployed a three centre-back system at the Hammers, which included left-back Aaron Cresswell alongside Issa Diop and Angelo Ogbonna against Leicester.
Amid doubts over the futures of Diop and Ogbonna, West Ham are aware they may need at least one new centre-back in the summer.
Goldson has come to their attention after reviving his career following his £3million transfer to Rangers from Brighton 18 months ago.
He has been a virtual ever-present in Steven Gerrard’s title challengers and is now valued at more than £6m.
The Englishman, 27, has two-and-a-half years remaining on his Ibrox deal.
As revealed by Football Insider, he is also a target for Championship promotion chasers Leeds United, West Brom and Fulham.
Goldson is a key member of Gerrard’s side and has already made a remarkable 37 appearances this season, all of them starts.
He has been a pillar of the Rangers team since his arrival and has clocked up 91 matches in all competitions.
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