Agent says New York Red Bulls want £12m for West Ham target Aaron Long

RED BULL ARENA, HARRISON, NEW JERSEY, UNITED STATES - 2019

West Ham United are reportedly interested in Aaron Long of New York Red Bulls.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic #9 of LA Galaxy fights for the ball against Aaron Long #33 of New York Red Bulls during the MLS match between LA Galaxy and New York Red Bulls at Red Bull Arena on May...

West Ham United will have to pay $15 million (£12.34m) as transfer fee for Aaron Long. That’s according to the New York Red Bulls defender’s agent, Shaun Higgins.

According to ESPN, West Ham are interested in signing Long from Red Bulls in the summer transfer window.

It has been reported that the Hammers made a number of offers for the 26-year-old USA international central defender, but their last bid was in mid-July for $3m (£2.47m).

The Sun has claimed that West Ham are struggling to get the requited work permit from the Home Office for the American to play in the Premier League.

ESPN has claimed of interest in the central defender from an unnamed French club, and the American’s agent Higgins has claimed that Red Bulls are asking for too much in transfer fee for the 26-year-old.

Higgins has criticised the fee that Red Bulls want for Long, who is one of the better central defenders in Major League Soccer.

Los Angeles Galaxy midfielder Sebastian Lletget (17) battles New York Red Bulls midfielder Aaron Long (33) during the first half of the Major League Soccer game between the New York Red...

Higgins told ESPN: "They told Aaron yesterday that he was worth $15m (£12.34m), which is ridiculous. [The Red Bulls] say they're not going to sell Aaron unless they get $15m (£12.34m).

“They don't think Aaron is good enough for RB Leipzig or Red Bull Salzburg. But the Red Bulls are saying even though he'll be 27 years old [in October], if a team really wants Aaron, they'll come in for him and that his value is similar to defenders in the Premier League."

New York Red Bulls midfielder Aaron Long (33) heads the ball during the second half of the Major League Soccer game between the New York Red Bulls and the Montreal Impact on May 8, 2019 at...

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