West Ham are reported in the hunt to sign Brentford defender Chris Mepham and must step up their interest to bring him to the London Stadium.
The Daily Mail claim that the Hammers have had the 20-year-old Championship ace on their radar, while Premier League rivals Bournemouth are also in pursuit.
It is understood that Bournemouth have seen a £10million bid rejected by Brentford this summer, as it is still short of their valuation.
Now would be the perfect opportunity for West Ham to hijack the move for Mepham and try to make him a part of Manuel Pellegrini’s new era.
The Londoners are crying out for some new defensive reinforcements going into the 2018/19 campaign after conceding 68 goals in the league in the last season.
They could do with some fresh options in the heart of defence and the rising Brentford star ticks a lot of boxes.
Mepham is developing into a modern-day centre-back that is strong in possession and also very physical, something that should see him make the step up to the Premier League.
He has recently been rewarded with his first two senior international caps for Wales and looks ready for a long distinguished career at the top level.
West Ham should nudge league rivals Bournemouth aside to win the race for Mepham and having promising defenders like him and Declan Rice in the first-team squad would be a real asset for Pellegrini.
In other West Ham transfer news, they are lining up a move for a Manchester United defender.