Report: West Ham close in on Ludwig Augustinsson after Cresswell injury, Bilic wants £5m deal

Portugal's Joao Mario and Sweden's Ludwig Augustinsson in action

West Ham United are reportedly closing in on the signing of Ludwig Augustinsson.

Portugal's Joao Mario and Sweden's Ludwig Augustinsson in actionPortugal's Joao Mario and Sweden's Ludwig Augustinsson in action

According to The Mirror, West Ham United are closing in on a £5m deal to sign Swedish international left back Ludwig Augustinsson.

The Hammers were dealt a major blow earlier this week, as left back Aaron Cresswell was ruled out for up to four months having suffered knee ligament damage.

West Ham's Aaron Cresswell in action with Swansea City's Leroy FerWest Ham's Aaron Cresswell in action with Swansea City's Leroy Fer

Having loaned Stephen Hendrie out to Blackburn, West Ham now have no cover at left back, and were forced to use right back Sam Byram on the left hand side of defence in Thursday's Europa League qualifier against NK Domzale.

Manager Slaven Bilic must now spend money on a new left back, and he appears to be closing in on a deal for an international defender.

West Ham manager Slaven BilicWest Ham manager Slaven Bilic

The Mirror report that West Ham are closing in on a deal for Copenhagen star Ludwig Augustinsson, with manager Bilic believed to be a big fan.

It's claimed that Bilic wanted to sign Augustinsson in a £5m deal even before Cresswell's injury, but losing his star left back means that he's pressing ahead with a deal for the Swede.

Wales' Gareth Bale in action with Sweden's Ludwig AugustinssonWales' Gareth Bale in action with Sweden's Ludwig Augustinsson

Augustinsson, 22, joined Copenhagen from IFK Goteborg in January 2015, and has hit three goals in 62 games for the Danish giants.

The left back was a part of Sweden's Euro 2016 squad but didn't make any appearances as Norwich's Martin Olsson served as Sweden's first-choice left back.

An attacking full back with great ability from set pieces, Augustinsson appears to be the ideal cover for Cresswell - and as a long-term target for Bilic, the West Ham boss will be hoping to get that £5m deal over the line before the start of the Premier League season.

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