West Ham and Southampton are said to have “a gap” in their valuations of a brilliant player.

Over the course of the Summer, it really wouldn’t be a surprise to see West Ham and Southampton do a fair amount of business together. After his sensational loan spell last season, the Saints are absolutely desperate to sign Flynn Downes permanently ahead of their return to the Premier League, and they’ve also been linked with a move for Danny Ings.

However, it’s not a one sided affair as the Hammers are very keen on signing Kyle Walker-Peters as a replacement for Ben Johnson. The English right-back has been excellent for Southampton for a number of years and it was a real surprise that no one tried to sign him once they got relegated.

According to our good friend Dharmesh Sheth, who does a weekly transfer show on The West Ham Way patreon with Dave Walker and ExWHUEmployee, the Irons are certainly interested in acquiring Walker-Peters’ services, but there could be a reluctance to meet Southampton’s demands.

“So right-back is a priority position, that is clear. They’ve seen Ben Johnson leave following the end of his contract, he’s joined Ipswich Town, of course, on a free transfer,” he explained to GIVEMESPORT. “Vladimir Coufal is still at the club, and he will want to do everything he can to impress Julen Lopetegui as well.”

“But it looks like they will try and recruit in that area. Aaron Wan-Bissaka is one of a number of players they’re looking at, but Kyle Walker-Peters as well.”

“Now, initial talks between West Ham and Southampton have highlighted a gap in valuation, but Southampton will be very wary that Kyle Walker-Peters is entering the final year of his contract.”

With him being a boyhood Tottenham fan, there could potentially be some reservations on his behalf – especially considering that Spurs are believed to be interested in re-signing him. With that being said, he’d certainly be in contention to be first choice over Vladimir Coufal and the competition between two players of their quality could cause them to be unbelievably good when playing.

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