By Harvey Byrne
West Ham have been “sounded out” after Manchester United attacker Ashley Young asked for a loan move away from the club, according to a report.
The Daily Mail has named the Hammers alongside Watford, Crystal Palace and Swansea as being identified as possible destinations for the 31-year-old.
It is reported that the winger has asked Jose Mourinho of he can go out on loan due to a lack of playing time in the Red Devils’ team.
The 30-time capped England international has played just nine times in all competitions under the Portuguese boss this season.
He has played 151 times in total for the English giants in his six years at the club.
He has scored 14 goals and provided 31 assists, while also winning the Premier League in 2013.
However, he will enter the final year of his contract at the club in the summer and given the strength of United’s attack his time at the club may be coming to a premature end.
West Ham have been linked with a move for Hull wide man Robert Snodgrass this window with Dimitri Payet also looking for a move out of the club.
The Hammers are currently sat in 10th place in the Premier League table after a disappointing start and they may now be seeking players with experience of the English top flight.
Football Insider verdict:
Young would be a big acquisition for a number of sides in the Premier League. The player has bags of experience and also has a league medal to his name. Now West Ham are far from winning the league title, but Young has shown that he has what it takes to be a success in the English top flight. The player was a star in the Premier League when playing in similar sized clubs to West Ham in Aston Villa and Watford and he could recapture that form once again if the Hammers are able to secure his signing this window.
In other West Ham transfer news, this Hammers defender is part of a five-mam shortlist drawn up by Crystal Palace.