West Ham are set to battle Premier League rivals to the signing of a bargain defender as they look to replace Ben Johnson.

Although things didn’t go exactly to plan for Ben Johnson, there’s not a single bad thing any West Ham fan can say about him as a person. His unapologetic enthusiasm, his relentless work rates and the fact he’s an all round great person will ensure he gets a great reception when he returns to the London Stadium with Ipswich.

While the club wanted to keep him, they couldn’t offer him the playing time that the Tractor Boys could, which was ultimately the deciding factor in him choosing not to renew his contract. This has left the Hammers with only Vladimir Coufal in the right-back position, meaning they will have to sign one ahead of the new season.

Although a number of big names are being considered, such as Kyle Walker-Peters and Aaron Wan-Bissaka, Football Fancast reports that the East London side could be able to enter the race for a more obscure player. Jackson Tchatchoua is a Cameroonian defender who’s made a great impression during his first season in Italy.

His versatility, defensive resilience and a great ability to hold onto the ball no matter what has attracted attention from not only West Ham but Everton too. It’s claimed that Verona are only seeking £6.5 million for the right-back after signing him for £2.5 million just a year ago.

If he does end up wearing the claret and blue, he is one of the first tastes we will get of Tim Steidten’s talent ID. He’s not someone many would have heard of and, therefore, it could be a signing that leaves fans disappointed after being linked with the previously mentioned players. However, if he turns out to be great, then Steidten will have proved his doubters wrong and it would be strong evidence that David Sullivan has been correct to place so much trust in the German.

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