Report: West Ham target ambitious move for Tottenham ace Andros Townsend

West Ham are reportedly lining up a move for Tottenham's Andros Townsend.

According to the Daily Mirror, West Ham are pursuing Tottenham winger Andros Townsend - but fear that their London rivals will refuse a deal.

Townsend, 23, has been with Tottenham since the age of eight, and is now one an important member of the club's first team under Mauricio Pochettino.

The England international didn't play quite as much as he'd have liked last season, playing just 17 Premier League games, but he is still thought to have a bright future at White Hart Lane.

However, West Ham are now looking to prise him away from North London, with the Daily Mirror reporting that the Hammers want to sign Townsend this summer.

The report states that a deal looks unlikely though, with relations between Tottenham and West Ham somewhat damaged by Daniel Levy's reluctance to send Emmanuel Adebayor to the Hammers in January.

Factor in that it's also suggested that Townsend - who is allegedly valued at £15m by Spurs - wants to stay at White Hart Lane, and a possible move to Upton Park looks almost inconceivable.

Winger needed

West Ham have brought in Dimitri Payet this summer, and whilst the Frenchman can play out wide, he may be seen as more of a central playmaker under new boss Slaven Bilic.

Bilic played with two wingers in a 4-2-3-1 at Besiktas, and if he decides to play the same way next season, quality options will be needed to supply ammunition from wide areas.

Whether it's Townsend or another player, Bilic may feel that he needs to bring in another winger this summer to play the way he wants next season.

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