West Ham target loan move for Manchester United outcast

The Hammers are looking to reinforce their struggling side

West Ham United are plotting a January move for Manchester United outcast Aaron Wan-Bissaka as they look to avoid the drop following a poor start to the season, it has been reported.

The English defender has played just four minutes of Premier League football this season under new boss Erik ten Hag, with Diogo Dalot having become first choice under the new Red Devils coach and Tyrell Malacia even being asked to fill in at right-back ahead of the 25-year-old.

His issues at Old Trafford stretch further back too, with just six Premier League appearances this calender year, and the Red Devils are already on the hunt for a replacement for the former Crystal Palace defender, who joined for £50m in 2019.

And, though Ten Hag has previously claimed that he “struggles [with] some injuries, some illnesses, so he was also often not available but doesn’t have a real big problem”, it is clear that his United career is over.

West Ham, however, could offer a way out for the South Londoner. As per the Manchester Evening News, the Hammers are keen to take the defender on loan for the remainder of the season as they struggle at right back.

Currently 16th, and just a point above the relegation zone, Ben Johnson, Vladamir Coufal and Thilo Kehrer have all been fielded at right back, but the trio have flattered to deceive as David Moyes’ side struggle.

With record summer spending to bring in the likes of Gianluca Scamacca and Lucas Paqueta, it has been a far cry from the European challenge that was expected by the Hammers this season, but adding a solid defensive option in Wan-Bissaka could be a useful move.

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Ben Browning

Ben Browning

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