The Premier League side are in desperate need of adding depth at left-back.
West Ham United are preparing to make a second bid for Hull City defender Andrew Robertson after having the first offer knocked back by their Premier League rivals, according to the Daily Record (live transfer thread, July 30th 2016, 10:38am).
Aaron Cresswell is set to miss several months of the new season
But with the Mail reporting that Aaron Cresswell is set to miss several months of the upcoming campaign after suffering knee ligament damage during a pre-season friendly, it is clear that Slaven Bilic is in desperate need of adding depth in that area of the field.
The Record does not suggest whether the Irons will meet Hull's asking price with their second bid, but it would undoubtedly be a considerable jump from their first offer so they may decide to chance their arm with a bid that still falls short of Hull's valuation.
However, their hand may be forced as the Record also states that Liverpool are monitoring the 22-year-old's situation, and so, while meeting the asking price with their second offer may not be what they had planned, it may prevent a bidding war ensuing that may see his price driven up even further.
Paying £15m for a defender who is likely to be second choice when Cresswell does return is certainly steep. However, Robertson offers many of the same qualities that the former Ipswich man brings to the table - though, he is not as polished a player yet - so would arguably be the kind of signing that Bilic will need to start making if he hopes to add the depth that takes his side to the next level.
West Ham manager Slaven Bilic