West Ham will have to see off competition from both Newcastle and Manchester United if they want to buy Jonathan Tah from Bayer Leverkusen, according to The Sun.
The English tabloid reports that the German international is attracting interest from all three teams ahead of the January transfer window.
Tah has been on the Hammers’ radar for quite some time, with technical director Tim Steidten being well aware of the 6ft 5 centre-back’s abilities, having spent 4 years in the recruitment department at Leverkusen.
There are, however, doubts about whether David Moyes’s side will make a bid for the defender in January, with more urgent priorities in other areas of the pitch.
West Ham are looking to recruit a striker
Despite bringing in Mohammed Kudus from Ajax in the summer, the Irons have not really found a like-for-like replacement for Gianluca Scamacca, who joined Atalanta back in August.
Reports suggest that the London club would be keen on signing Armando Broja if the Chelsea striker becomes available, while there have also been strong links to Feyenoord forward Santiago Gimenez.
Premier League rivals may force the issue with Tah
The Sun claim that Newcastle are lining up a £20m bid for the 27-year-old. The Magpies have struggled with injury problems in the middle of defence this season and Tah is seen as a good solution.
It means West Ham would have to make a decision on whether to go after Tah in January, rather than next summer when a deal would have been easier to negotiate.
No official offer has been lodged for the German as things stand, but the race to secure the player’s signature could ramp up pretty quickly over the next month or so as we get closer to the transfer window opening.