Report: West Ham must pay £4m to sign Nigeria international Azubuike Egwuekwe

West Ham will reportedly have to pay £4m to sign Azubuike Egwuekwe from Warri Wolves.

According to The Mirror, Nigerian side Warri Wolves are demanding £4m for alleged West Ham target Azubuike Egwuekwe.

Egwuekwe, 25, is a regular for Nigeria with 34 caps, and is a towering centre back, standing at 6ft 5in tall, fitting the mould for an uncompromising defender.

Despite not featuring for Nigeria at the World Cup last summer, Egwuekwe is highly rated, and his club Warri Wolves stated that they had rejected a bid from West Ham for the powerful defender last week, as reported here by the London Evening Standard.

Now, the Mirror suggest that West Ham will have to pay £4m to land Egwuekwe this month - some way off the reported £500,000 bid the Hammers submitted last week.

West Ham are now on the lookout for a new centre back, with Winston Reid seemingly edging ever closer to the Upton Park exit door.

The 26-year-old New Zealand international is now in the last six months of his contract, and with no sign of Reid signing an extension, West Ham are left with a big decision to make.

They can either sell him now or play out the remainder of his contract but lose him for nothing in the summer - hence manager Sam Allardyce making contingency plans for his departure.

Egwuekwe appears to be on the list of possible replacements, but that £4m asking price may just scare the Hammers off given that it's eight times as much as their initial bid.

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