West Ham are interested in completing the signing of Porto left-back Zaidu Sanusi, according to a fresh transfer update regarding his future.
The Hammers came from behind to secure an important victory on Saturday afternoon, winning 2-1 away to Burnley, thanks to an own goal from Dara O’Shea and a last-gasp strike from Tomas Soucek.
It was a vital three points for David Moyes’ side, who haven’t always managed to find consistency this season, and they now sit ninth in the table, four points ahead of Chelsea below them in 10th.
West Ham are now approaching a busy run of festive fixtures, with eight different matches across three different competitions to come in the next month, and Moyes’ squad depth could be tested to the limit.
It is only just over a month until the Hammers can make new signings, however, and it looks as though a new left-back could come in at some point in the near future.
In fact, the 26-year-old has been limited to just three starts in the Primeira Liga, and only two appearances in the Champions League, having picked up a few different fitness issues.
While January will allow West Ham a chance to move for the defender, the report does state that a summer signing looks far more likely, though.
This could make perfect sense for the Hammers, in terms of waiting until the end of the season to sign Sanusi, at which point Aaron Cresswell will be out of contract at the London Stadium.
At 33, it seems unlikely that the Englishman will be offered an extension, so the Porto man could come in for him, providing stiff competition for Emerson at left-back.
The lure of the Premier League could appeal to the 15-time capped Nigeria international, who has scored seven goals in 118 appearances for Porto, and at 26, he could even enjoy his best years at West Ham.
Sanusi’s current contract doesn’t expire until the summer of 2027, however, so the east Londoners may have to accept that he isn’t available on the cheap.