Achraf Lazaar in action with Sami Khedira
Manager Slaven Bilic learned last week that first-choice left back Aaron Cresswell will be out for up to four months having suffered knee ligament damage – and with Stephen Hendrie sent out on loan to Blackburn Rovers, Bilic has no recognised cover at left back.
West Ham manager Slaven Bilic
Right back Sam Byram filled in there against Domzale on Thursday, but a natural left back is needed, and a host of players are being linked with that role ahead of the start of the Premier League season.
Aaron Cresswell celebrates scoring for West Ham
Lazaar, 24, has been a regular for Serie A side Palermo since signing from Varese in 2014, and has spent most of his time at left wing back or left back, offering a strong attacking threat – just as Cresswell has for West Ham.
A Morocco international with 16 caps to his name, Lazaar made 30 appearances for Palermo last season, and his performances for the Italians appear to have attracted West Ham's interest.
Palermo's Achraf Lazaar
Di Marzio claims that West Ham have a strong interest in signing Lazaar, and have made contact with Palermo over a possible deal.
Lazaar may not be a big-name signing, but West Ham don't need a big-name signing in this situation. Cresswell should be back by the start of 2017, so West Ham simply need to bring in somebody who can cover until then, and then offer competition for Cresswell after that – and Lazaar could be just the man, if reports are to be believed.
Would you like to see West Ham sign Lazaar?