West Ham United have reportedly identified Rangers’ Calvin Bassey, Manchester United’s Jesse Lingard, Burnley’s Josh Brownhill and Rennes’ Nayef Aguerd as potential targets ahead of this summer’s transfer window.
Lingard will be leaving Old Trafford when his contract expires next month, while Brownhill and Aguerd still have two and three years respectively remaining on their deals.
David Moyes is preparing to bolster his squad this summer and provide more competition for places ahead of another campaign in Europe in 2022-23.
West Ham are in talks with Rennes over a deal to sign centre-back Aguerd and both parties are close to agreeing a fee.
The 26-year-old has been an important player for the Ligue 1 outfit this season, making a total of 40 appearances across all competitions.
The report adds that the Hammers may target Brownhill, 26, as a replacement for the retiring Mark Noble, while Moyes still holds an interest in soon-to-be free agent Lingard, 29, who enjoyed a successful loan spell with the club in the second half of the 2019-20 season.
West Ham are also keen to sign Paris Saint-Germain loanee Alphonse Areola on a permanent basis and will look to activate the goalkeeper’s £11m option-to-buy clause.
The 22-year-old Bassey, who has been with Rangers since the summer of 2020, has been very impressive this season.
Bassey is a key reason for the team’s success in Europe, where they reached the Europa League final and lost on penalties to Eintracht Frankfurt.