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8th Jan, 2017 | 10:28am

Report: West Ham prepare second midfielder bid, youngster involved in player-plus-cash deal

By Dominic Toner

West Ham are set to return for Hull midfielder Robert Snodgrass and offer Ashley Fletcher as part of the deal, according to a report.

The Mirror claim that the Hammers had a £3million bid rejected for Snodgrass, but are prepared to make a second offer for the 29-year-old.

The report details that West Ham are set to offer £2million plus their young striker Fletcher in return for Snodgrass.

Snodgrass has been in good form this season and has been the standout player in a struggling Hull team.

The Tigers are currently rooted to the bottom of the table and are four points from safety, but could have been cut adrift without their star player.

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The right winger has made 21 appearances this season across all competition, scoring mine goals and supplying two assists.

Snodgrass is a key member of Scotland’s national side and is also a specialist free-kick taker, something West Ham already possess in Dimitri Payet.

Fletcher has been an important member in West Ham’s first-team since he arrived in the summer and has been used by manager Slaven Bilic frequently due to the club’s striker problems.

The 21-year-old has scored just one goal in 15 senior appearances, but is regarded as a big talent for the future.

Football Insider verdict: 

Snodgrass would certainly be a good addition to the West Ham squad, but he is not worth losing emerging youngster Fletcher for. The Hammers should pursue a straight up cash move for Snodgrass and forget about a player-plus-cash deal. Snodgrass has proven his qualities this season in a struggling Hull side and could help West Ham climb the table with his goals from midfield. However, the Londoners already have issues in the attacking department and shouldn’t get rid of Fletcher. The 21-year-old was only signed in the summer for £2million from Manchester United and has shown glimpse of his qualities. He has the potential to develop into a top striker and West Ham should keep him at the London Stadium.

In other West Ham transfer news, the club are closing in on signing a striker after weekend talks.