Report: New York Red Bulls star Aaron Long offered to West Ham

West Ham United's Chilean manager Manuel Pellegrini reacts ahead of the English Premier League football match between West Ham United and Southampton at The London Stadium, in east London...

West Ham United could reportedly have the chance to sign the defender, who has a £4 million release clause in his contract.

New York Red Bulls midfielder Aaron Long (33) controls the ball during the first half of the Major League Soccer game between the New York Red Bulls and FC Cincinnati on April 27, 209 at...

According to a report from Sky Sports, New York Red Bulls defender Aaron Long has been offered to West Ham this summer, with the 26-year-old available for just £4 million.

Long has been an excellent player for the Red Bulls, making 83 league appearances across three campaigns with the Major League Soccer side. He won the 2018 MLS Defender of the Year award.

 

Sky Sports reports that he is keen on a move to the Premier League this summer, and is attracting plenty of attention with both Fiorentina and Lyon also interested in bringing him to Europe before the window closes.

The report adds that West Ham have been offered the chance to sign the centre-back, who is available for the bargain fee due to a release clause in his contract.

West Ham United's Chilean manager Manuel Pellegrini reacts ahead of the English Premier League football match between West Ham United and Southampton at The London Stadium, in east London...

It is not clear how seriously the Hammers are taking the links. Manuel Pellegrini currently has a large squad at his disposal, but it may not be a huge surprise if he is open to signing another centre-back, especially one who is available for just £4 million.

Funnily enough, one of West Ham's best pieces of business from last summer involved the club triggering a centre-back's £4 million release clause, with Football London reporting that that is how much the club paid for Fabian Balbuena.

Balbuena formed a brilliant partnership alongside Issa Diop. And Long arguably has the potential to be as shrewd a signing if the Irons do decide to meet his asking price. 

Fabian Balbuena of West Ham United during his Press Conference after Trainining at Rush Green on September 20, 2018 in Romford, England.

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