Southampton reportedly being in talks with West Ham target Vestergaard might be a blessing for Hammers

Denmark's defender Jannik Vestergaard drives a ball during a training session in Vityazevo on June 22, 2018, during the Russia 2018 World Cup football tournament. (Photo by Jonathan...

West Ham had been linked with a move for the Danish centre back.

Manuel Pellegrini, manager of Manchester City looks on after the Barclays Premier League match between Swansea City and Manchester City at the Liberty Stadium on May 15, 2016 in Swansea,...

West Ham reportedly face serious competition from Premier League rivals Southampton to sign Borussia Mochengladbach defender Jannik Vestergaard, but missing out on his signature could be a blessing in disguise due to the current options already in the squad.

The Saints have commenced initial talks with the German club about the powerhouse 25-year-old centre-back, according to Sky Sports.

Manuel Pellegrini’s side are believed to be keen on the Denmark international, but Southampton are holding discussions over trying to agree a transfer fee.

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Vestergaard is a 6ft 7in giant centre-back that could excel in English football due to his huge presence and reading of the game, something he has demonstrated at club and international level.

Denmark's defender Jannik Vestergaard drives a ball during a training session in Vityazevo on June 22, 2018, during the Russia 2018 World Cup football tournament. (Photo by Jonathan...

However, West Ham already have a number of solid options at centre-back going into the new season and Pellegrini should bin plans to bring in a new defender if it is going to block the path of rising star Declan Rice.

The Hammers saw how well the 19-year-old stepped up to the first team last season and he should be given another opportunity in the starting XI under Pellegrini.

Declan Rice of West Ham United chases down Alberto Moreno of Liverpool as he takes a shot during the Premier League match between Liverpool and West Ham United at Anfield on February 24,...

Rice should be competing for a centre-back position going into next year alongside Winston Reid, Angelo Ogbonna and new signing Issa Diop, despite the fact he has the versatility to drop into midfield.

He is one of the best talents to come out of the academy in recent years and is definitely good enough to be a regular feature in the side.

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