West Ham must reignite their reported pursuit of Brentford defender Chris Mepham as soon as possible as Bournemouth are plotting to raid the Championship side for him in January.
The Daily Mail previously reported in the summer that Hammers had been following the 20-year-old centre-back but that the Cherries had made a £10million bid for him only for it to be rejected.
However the rejection hasn’t changed Eddie Howes’ mind about Mepham apparently as The Sun reported on Monday that the Cherries were already preparing a bid for the Bees defender in January.
This means the Hammers have to act quickly in order to get their house in order so they can successfully capture Mepham ahead of their Premier League rivals.
While The Sun claimed that Brentford would demand a high price for their talented 20-year-old, it’s worth paying.
Mepham has shone is 14 appearances this season and dominated the backline for the London club once he broke into the first-team during the last campaign to make a total of 23 appearances.
The Championship gem looks a level above the majority of his equivalents in England’s second-tier as he is able to deal with most attackers in that division without really breaking a sweat.
Mepham’s talent is also shown by the fact that while he maybe only 20-years-old, Ryan Giggs has already seen sense and played him four times for Wales as he looks to build a new era for the nation.
The Hammers may have Issa Diop and Fabian Balbuena looking like a formidable force at central defence but a third decent centre-back, especially one who is young enough to continue improving would be welcomed.
Back-up centre-backs Angelo Ogbonna, 30, and Winston Reid, 30, both haven’t shone in their recent appearances with the latter currently rooted to the sidelines for a while longer due to injury, so Manuel Pellegrini would benefit from signing a new centre-back.
Also while Declan Rice can play at the heart of the Hammers’ defence, given that he looks like the central defensive midfielder fans have been dreaming of, he needs to be kept in the middle of the park for the foreseeable future.
Therefore this means the Hammers must reignite their pursuit of Championship defender they have previously been following as soon as possible in order to sign him ahead of Bournemouth.