Tony Gale feels Martin Olsson should be West Ham's left-back signing, not Davide Santon

Norwich's Martin Olsson with manager Alex Neil before the match

The former West Ham star is however a fan of the Italian defender.

Norwich's Martin Olsson with manager Alex Neil before the matchNorwich's Martin Olsson with manager Alex Neil before the match

West Ham United are currently on the hunt for a new left-back. The club are looking for a replacement for Aaron Cresswell – who is set to be out of action for four months with a knee injury.

Two names that have been mentioned recently are Norwich City defender Martin Olsson and Inter Milan defender Davide Santon.

Norwich's Martin Olsson in action with Manchester United's Juan MataNorwich's Martin Olsson in action with Manchester United's Juan Mata

It is looking like Santon will be the one that West Ham bring in, but former West Ham defender Tony Gale has told Sky Sports News HQ this morning (04/08/16) that the Swedish international would have been his preferred choice.

He stated:

“Martin Olsson would be the better choice of the two, being left-footed, more experience in the Premier League, although Santon was at Newcastle.

“He would be the better, but obviously the more expensive option.

Davide SantonDavide Santon

“Santon maybe for three or four months, the time Aaron is injured, may be the one that’s coming in.

“He’s a good player, tidy on the ball. Not as good defensively as he is going forward. But he’s a good player, a decent player.”

Santon does have some decent Premier League experience from his time at Newcastle United but he is naturally right-footed – which may impact the balance of the West Ham side more than if Olsson was to arrive.

But, whether or not he is the best option, it looks like he is arriving.

West Ham's Aaron Cresswell in action with Tottenham's Kieran TrippierWest Ham's Aaron Cresswell in action with Tottenham's Kieran Trippier

ESPN reported yesterday that West Ham are close to agreeing a move to strengthen their left-back options with the signing of the former Newcastle defender.

The deal is expected to be a season-long loan deal with a view to a £5 million permanent deal should he impress during his stint at the Olympic Stadium.

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