West Ham could challenge Arsenal in the race to sign Bologna left-back Aaron Hickey, according to reports in the Italian media.
The 19-year-old moved to Italy from Hearts in September 2020 and he has gone on to excel in Serie A over the past eighteen months.
Hammers fans on Twitter would back a move for Hickey but some fear that they may not be able to compete with Arsenal for his signature:
We should try everything possible to get this lad he's destined for big things
— NINJA BOY BLD ⚒🏴🇺🇦 (@NinjaBoyBLD) May 26, 2022
suiiiiiiiiiii. but arsenal will get him
— AA (@Icevain7) May 26, 2022
Haven’t Arsenal already got loads of full backs? Surely we can match wage and offer first team football?
— Louis candler (@xHappyHammerx) May 26, 2022
Good luck at Arsenal Aaron.
— Mr R (@Happyhammer68) May 27, 2022
Watch alot of serie A… this boy is gonna be a top player. Would love him to come in summer
— Chris Barrow (@ChrisBarrow05) May 26, 2022
Moyes' is a fellow Glaswegian, hopefully he can sweet talk him.
— MartinE (@forevermartin5) May 26, 2022
Aaron Hickey is more likely to join West Ham Utd than Arsenal as will get more game time at West Ham than at Arsenal sincr they have lots of full backs & left back oh they have Kieran Tierney so i have no idea why they want Aaron Hickey? They need to stop poaching our targets!
— Michael Gomes (@Michael53878801) May 27, 2022
Manager David Moyes is keen on recruiting a long-term replacement for Aaron Cresswell and Hickey does seem to be a perfect fit.
Fans who are worried that the Scotland international may favour Arsenal should also bear in mind that the fullback turned down Bayern Munich before joining Bologna as he wanted more first-team football.
With Kieran Tierney being first choice left-back for the Gunners, he may not get regular game time at the Emirates, so you can’t rule out West Ham winning the race for Hickey’s signature.