Report: West Ham plot £15m move for Patrick Roberts; wanted Celtic loanee in January

David Moyes, Manager of West Ham United looks on during the Premier League match between Brighton and Hove Albion and West Ham United at Amex Stadium on February 3, 2018 in Brighton,...

West Ham United are planning to rival Leicester City to sign Manchester City winger Patrick Roberts this summer.

Patrick Roberts of Celtic celebrates after he scores his team's fourth goal  during the Ladbrokes Premiership match between Hearts and Celtic at Tynecastle Stadium on April 2, 2017 in...

According to a report from The Sun, West Ham tried to sign Patrick Roberts from Manchester City during the January transfer window, and are now plotting a fresh move at the end of the campaign for the Celtic loanee.

Roberts is one of City's brightest prospects and has enjoyed a very encouraging spell in the Scottish Premiership with the Hoops, winning several honours under Ronny Deila and now Brendan Rodgers. His time at Parkhead has also allowed the winger to get some Champions League football under his belt. 

Patrick Roberts of Celtic (C) celebrates scoring his sides first goal during the UEFA Champions League Group C match between Manchester City FC and Celtic FC at Etihad Stadium on December...

The Sun reports that the Hammers and Leicester City both wanted to sign Roberts in January, but having failed, they are ready to go back in, and the report suggests that City could be prepared to let the former Fulham prospect leave.

The Sun adds that the two clubs are set to scrap over a £15 million deal for Roberts at the end of the campaign, but it remains to be seen what the 21-year-old will make of the interest in him.

David Moyes, Manager of West Ham United looks on prior to the Premier League match between Brighton and Hove Albion and West Ham United at Amex Stadium on February 3, 2018 in Brighton,...

West Ham or Leicester?

With The Sun suggesting that Roberts could prove to be Riyad Mahrez's replacement at the King Power Stadium, it is surely fair to suggest that the Foxes may have the advantage in the race to land the youngster's signature - and he may well appreciate the opportunity to step into the void that Mahrez's departure could create.

West Ham's first job to boost their chances in the race for Roberts will undoubtedly be to make sure that they stay in the Premier League. David Moyes' men have started to drift back towards the bottom three recently and a few more poor results will set up a nervy end to the season for the Hammers.

But with the Irons lacking that much depth going forward right now, West Ham could certainly offer Roberts regular first-team football, and a move to the London Stadium would, of course, bring the Kingston-born ace back to the capital, so that may also prove a tempting factor.

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