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25th Oct, 2016 | 10:10am

West Ham line up £1.5m raid on London rivals for defender - report

By Emma Sanders

West Ham are preparing a £1.5million bid to bring Millwall right-back Mahlon Romeo to the club in January, according to a report.

The Mirror claim the Hammers are lining up a swoop for the former Arsenal academy defender after watching Romeo play several times.

It is said the 21 year-old was watched for the third time by West Ham scouts as he played an important role in Millwall’s 2-1 victory over Fleetwood on Saturday.

Romeo began his career at Arsenal, where he trained as a youth academy player before dropping down to League One to play regular first team football.

The Antigua and Barbuda international could be handed a trip back to the Premier League if West Ham make a bid in January.

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The right-back will have to compete for a place in the West Ham side though, with Alvaro Arbeloa, Sam Byram and Michail Antoniou already featuring in his position this season.

Romeo joined Millwall last summer after spending three seasons with Gillingham has gone on to make 32 league appearances for the club so far.

He’s played 16 games already this season for Millwall, including an EFL Cup clash against Championship side, Nottingham Forest.

In other West Ham news, fans reacted on Twitter as their star midfielder was nominated for the Ballon D’or shortlist.