West Ham United fans react to Arthur Masuaku rumour

Arthur Masuaku of West Ham United in action during a Pre Season Friendly between Manchester City and West Ham United at the Laugardalsvollur stadium on August 4, 2017 in Reykjavik, Iceland.

West Ham United's Arthur Masuaku is being linked away at the moment.

Serge Aurier of Spurs in action with Arthur Masuaku of West Ham during the Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and West Ham United at Wembley Stadium on January 4, 2018 in...

Reports from Italy are worrying West Ham United fans.

According to Tuttomercatoweb, Roma and Monaco are interested in signing West Ham star Arthur Masuaku this month.

What's more worrying is the line about the Irons only wanting around £15 million for his signature.

Arsenal's English midfielder Theo Walcott (L) challenges West Ham United's French defender Arthur Masuaku (R) during the English League Cup quarter-final football match between Arsenal and...

That part is very unlikely to be accurate, but the bit about him courting interest from top European clubs is plausible, given the way in which he has performed since David Moyes replaced Slaven Bilic in East London.

Masuaku has gone from bit-part player to important first-team regular under the new-ish West Ham manager and losing him this month - or indeed next summer - would be a bitter pill to swallow.

Hammers fans have started taking to him more and more in recent months, and they haven't reacted positively to the speculation - and especially regarding his reported valuation.

Everton manager David Moyes looks on during the FA Cup sponsored by E.ON Final match between Chelsea and Everton at Wembley Stadium on May 30, 2009 in London, England.

They probably wouldn't be concerned about losing him this month, given that it gives Moyes very little time in which to replace him, but if Masuaku maintains a certain standard for the next six months then speculation will only intensify.

The good news for them is that he will still have two years to go on his contract come this summer and West Ham are therefore in a position of relative strength.

FIFA World Cup 2018FIFA 2018 World Cup Russia - click here for all of our coverage...

Register for HITC Sport - Daily Dispatch