By Will Butcher
West Ham have been stopped in their attempts to sign Tottenham defender Kieran Tripper this month, according to a report.
The Daily Mail claim the 26-year-old fringe Spurs man is high on the agenda of manager Slaven Bilic, as he looks to solve his right-back dilemma.
Sam Byram is currently sidelined with a long-term hamstring injury, while veteran Alvaro Arbeloa has failed to produce the form expected of him since his move from Real Madrid.
But it it said that Tottenham will not allow the sale of Trippier until the summer.
It is believed that a number of Premier League clubs have identified the former Burnley right-back as a potential signing in January, as he struggles to oust Kyle Walker on the right side of Mauricio Pochettino’s defence.
Trippier, who joined Spurs from the Clarets back in 2015, showed exactly why he could improve a top-flight club this season by providing two inch-perfect assists for Harry Kane in the 4-1 win over Watford.
Since his move to White Hart Lane, the two-time England Under-21’s international has made a total of 27 appearances for Spurs but only nine of those have come in the Premier League.
Football Insider verdict:
Bringing Tripper to the London Stadium would be a fantastic bit of business from Hammers manager Bilic, who is expected to be active in the transfer window this month. Largely underrated, Trippier has been unable to show what he is capable of with England international Walker remaining first choice under manager Mauricio Pochettino. Bringing the Manchester City trainee to east London would finally solve Bilic’s right-back problem, and with Trippier potentially looking for a move away from Spurs a cut-price deal for the north London giants’ number 16 could be struck. A move for Trippier could spell the end for Byram and Arbeloa, as Bilic looks to bring in proven quality to his side.
In other West Ham transfer news, the Hammers have tabled an £8million bid for this Championship hotshot.