West Ham dealt a major blow in their pursuit of a highly rated midfielder after Premier League rivals entered the race.

While there are some areas West Ham need to sign players for their first XI, they are also lacking depth in almost every position. As it stands, the only positions you can say they’re really comfortable in is the right wing, the left back and the goalkeeper.

Fortunately, the recruitment team is hard at work trying to strike the perfect balance between experience and youth prospects to have a much deeper squad. According to Alan Nixon, Jordan James is someone the Hammers are keen to bring in as a squad player who can, hopefully, develop into a player who competes to be in the starting XI.

The 19-year-old has been a key player to Birmingham City over the past few seasons and was one of very few highlights in their season. In the Championship, he scored an impressive 8 goals from the midfield, but his efforts weren’t enough to keep the Blues up.

With their relegation to League One obviously having a massive financial impact on the club, they may be forced to sell their star prospect in order to keep them afloat and crawl their way back into the second division.

Unfortunately for West Ham, this might not be so simple as swooping in to secure his services on the cheap. Birmingham City are keen to keep gold of him and, despite only having a year left as it stands, they do have an option to extend his contract by a further 12 months. More worryingly though, newly promoted Leicester City are also said to be interested in signing the Wales international.

Thankfully, they may find it difficult to purchase anyone due to being in danger of a points deduction, but a cheap, promising player like James may be the type of player they do target.

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