Report: West Ham have provisional agreement to sign highly rated defender Fabian Schar

West Ham are reported to be progressing attempts to sign Fabian Schar.

West Ham are reporting to be pushing hard to sign Swiss centre-back Fabian Schar, report The Sun.

The paper claim that the Hammers are progressing with their negotiations and have a provisional deal in place with his club FC Basel.

It reads: "Insiders reveal talks are “well down the road” with the fee provisionally agreed and personal terms not thought to be an issue."

Schar is highly rated having played at the World Cup for his country and making more than 100 appearances for Basel.

He has 13 Champions League appearances and 15 Europa League appearances to his name too.

The centre-back has been linked with a Premier League move previously with the paper citing Tottenham and Arsenal as competitors for his signature.

The paper claims a fee could be in the region of £5 million, with the reason it is so low is due to his contract being set to expire in 2016.

Schar's Switzerland are in England's qualifying group for Euro 2016, and he scored one of his four international goals in a win against the Three Lions opponents Lithuania late last year.

With Winston Reid signing a new West Ham contract last month, 23-year-old Schar would be an excellent addition for the Hammers to forge a long-term partnership. His talent and reported availability however means there is unlikely to be a clear path for the club to snap him up if rival teams show their hand.

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