Photo by Simon Stacpoole/Offside/Getty Images

Fredrik Alves Ibsen has started following West Ham United on Instagram amid speculation that the Danish defender is on his way to the Premier League outfit.

While the immediate reaction is often to scoff at sentences like the one above, there is usually something in it when a player (or the agency representing the player of course) clicks that little blue button on the profile of the club he may be about to join.

It was no coincidence that Vladimir Coufal became one of West Ham’s 1.2 million Instagram followers 24 hours before joining former Slavia Prague teammate Tomas Soucek at the London Stadium.

Grealish, Mount & Calvert-Lewin: England’s future?

Grealish, Mount & Calvert-Lewin: England’s future?

With that in mind, Hammers fans should be increasingly confident that another under-the-radar defensive gem will be posing for photos in claret and blue sooner rather than later.

Danish website BOLD claimed this week that 20-year-old Alves Ibsen has agreed a £1.2 million move to David Moyes’s Premier League high-flyers.

The 6ft 2ins Silkeborg youngster, who already has 45 Superliga appearances under his belt, will be forced to wait until January to put the finishing touches on the deal. But it seems the T’s are being crossed and the I’s dotted already.

With Alves Ibsen now a member of West Ham’s IG family, official confirmation of the move should not be too far away.

It remains to be seen whether the Hammers see the Denmark U21 international as an immediate member of Moyes’ first-team plans.

Angelo Ogbonna and Fabian Balbuena were shining before the international break while Craig Dawson has since arrived from Watford on loan.

Photo by Arfa Griffiths/West Ham United FC via Getty Images

West Ham’s record transfers

  1. Sebastien Haller

    £45 million

  2. Felipe Anderson

    £41.5 million

  3. Marko Arnautovic

    £25 million

  4. Pablo Fornals

    £24 million

  5. Issa Diop

    £22 million

In other news, Report: Newcastle's potential new owners wanted to bring in 48-year-old manager to replace Bruce