Report: West Ham want to sign Reading's Jake Cooper after completing Byram deal

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West Ham are interested in Reading centre-back Jake Cooper.

West Ham have set their sights on signing Reading defender Jake Cooper, report The Times.

The Hammers want to do a deal for the 20-year-old once they have completed the signing of Sam Byram from Leeds United, which the Yorkshire Post describe as imminent.

Cooper broke into the Reading team last season, and has continued his progress this campaign.

He has made 21 first team appearances to date, and one option West Ham may want to consider if they can do a deal, is whether to loan him back to the Royals as he would be unlikely to immediately break into the Hammers first team.

6ft 4" Cooper is an England youth international, having represented his country at under-18 and under-19 levels.

Unlike Byram, Jake Cooper does not have a contract which expires in the summer, renewing his deal until 2018, Get Reading reported in October. This ensures Reading are not put in the same must-sell position as Leeds were this month and making a deal more difficult for West Ham to secure.

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