Aaron Long wants West Ham move, but work permit may end hopes

A general view of London Stadium prior to the Premier League match between West Ham United and AFC Bournemouth at London Stadium on August 18, 2018 in London, United Kingdom.

West Ham United continue to be linked with defender Aaron Long.

New York Red Bulls midfielder Aaron Long (33) before an MLS match between the New York Red Bulls and Sporting Kansas City on April 14, 2019 at Children's Mercy Park in Kansas City, KS.

New York Red Bulls defender Aaron Long has told Sky Sports that he thinks it's 'strange' that he may be robbed of a move to West Ham United due to work permit issues.

The Hammers have spent the majority of their budget on midfielder Pablo Fornals and striker Sebastien Haller, meaning any further deals are likely to be bargain buys.

Despite having Issa Diop, Fabian Balbuena, Angelo Ogbonna and the returning Winston Reid, West Ham appear to be keen on adding one more centre back.

 

United States international Long has popped up on their radar, with a £4million release clause in his contract, and a move is being targeted ahead of Thursday's transfer deadline.

That release clause is very similar to the price West Ham paid for Balbuena last summer, and another bargain defensive addition could pay dividends in the future.

However, Long – who has two goals in 11 caps for USA – faces problems obtaining a work permit, as he hasn't made the required number of appearances for his national team.

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...

Having played six of USA's last seven games, Long is just one cap away from reaching the magic number, and hopes to have the situation sorted this week.

Long has now tackled the situation, admitting that he thinks it's 'strange' that players from USA can't automatically get work permits to play in the Premier League, and hopes it doesn't scupper his dream move to England.

“As our biggest ally, it seems strange that a football player from the US can't automatically get a work visa to play in England, said Long.”Every kid in the USA dreams of playing in the English Premier League. Not many players get the chance, so of course I would like to play there someday,” he added.

A general view of London Stadium prior to the Premier League match between West Ham United and AFC Bournemouth at London Stadium on August 18, 2018 in London, United Kingdom.

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