West have made contact over signing Celtic target Ben Davies by Friday’s domestic transfer cut-off.
The Hoops have been eyeing the Preston North End centre-back as a potential January signing to replace Kristoffer Ajer, as first revealed by this site in August.
A recruitment source has told Football Insider that West Ham have now made a move for Davies, 25, as they look to bolster their defence this week.
Manager David Moyes is working on recruiting a new senior centre-back during the window for trading between Premier League and EFL clubs.
Davies is on the radar of the Premier League after his impressive form for North End in the Championship.
Significantly, he is also out of contract at North End at the end of the season and that has had elite clubs knocking on his door.
Bournemouth have had a £5million bid knocked back for the defender and Sheffield United also made a move for him earlier this month.
The Lancashire club value Davies at the £10m mark, but that may come down by the end of this week as the prospect of landing that asking price recedes.
West Ham have signed only one player this summer and have enough cash in the kitty to make Preston an offer they can’t refuse in what would be a hammer blow to Celtic.
Davies has started all four of Preston’s league matches this season, including their 4-2 win over Brentford before the international break, and has now played 130 times for his boyhood club.
Football Insider revealed at the end of August that Celtic have set their sights on signing Davies as a potential Kristoffer Ajer replacement.