By Football Insider speaking to Kevin Campbell

23rd Apr, 2020 | 4:43pm

Exclusive: West Ham tipped to reignite bid to sign £18m-rated flyer after key development

Alex Bruce has tipped West Ham to reignite their interest in Nottingham Forest right-back Matty Cash during the summer transfer window.

The former Premier League defender, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, believes the Irons have got some serious work to do when the market opens after a frustrating season.

As revealed exclusively by Football Insider, the door has opened for the Hammers to sign 22-year-old Cash and teammate Joe Worral for £25million this summer if Forest are not promoted to the Premier League.

It is understood the Championship side may have to sell off their prize assets as a result of the financial chaos in football caused by the Coronavirus pandemic.

Football Insider revealed that West Ham had a £12million bid rejected for flying full-back Cash during the January transfer window, with Forest valuing him at £18million.

Bruce believes that the east London outfit will be back in for the defender this summer, admitting they need to improve all over the pitch after a disappointing campaign.

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Asked if he thought the Irons would reignite their interest, Bruce told Football Insider: “Yeah, I think West Ham need to strengthen their squad and these are the kind of players I think they’ll be looking at.

“You say they need to strengthen in certain areas, I think they need to strengthen in all areas at West Ham, to be honest.

“In terms of the expectations of that club and where they should be, in terms of the standings in English football, I think they need to improve everywhere.

“I can understand why they’re being linked with all sorts of players.” 

Cash has emerged as one of Forest’s top performers in recent years, with 135 appearances under his belt already.

This season has seen him play 39 times across all competitions, scoring three goals and contributing four assists.

In other West Ham news, it can be revealed that David Sullivan has mooted selling three first-team stars.