West Ham have reportedly begun conversations with injury ridden Tottenham outcast ahead of his contract expiry date.

Many fans have been left bewildered by the fact that Tim Steidten has been so focused on South American players when West Ham are in desperate need of Englishmen to fulfil their homegrown quota.

However, it seems like the strategy may be to bring in English squad players rather than starters for now as they are keen on signing both Wes Foderingham and Ryan Sessegnon on free transfers. The former is reportedly close to agreeing a deal and will pretty much be brought in just to make up numbers, while the latter is a much more interesting case.

The now 24-year-old defender once looked to be one of the brightest talents England had in defence. His blistering pace and versatility made him a useful option for any club to have, hence why Tottenham decided to sign him.

Unfortunately for him, his time in North London has been an absolute disaster due to repeated injuries which have resulted in next to no game time.

Our own ExWHUEmployee exclusively revealed the Hammers’ interest a month ago on The West Ham Way podcast and, according to The Guardian, things have begun to progress. They report that talks have started with the player about a potential move to East London when his contract expires at the end of this month, but they would have to be reassured that his injury issues will not have as much of an affect on his career moving forward.

With rumours circling that Emerson could move back to Italy, this may cause talks to progress faster. However, the Hammers simply can not take the risk of signing him as a direct replacement for Emerson as the chances are that it will be Cresswell who actually starts the majority of games due to Sessegnon’s injury problems.

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