Right-back has been a real issue for West Ham this season.

The Hammers brought in Alvaro Arbeloa to be competition for Sam Byram but he’s been a huge disappointment, not to mention the former England U21 international Byram has been out since October with a hamstring injury.

Havard Nordtveit and Michail Antonio have both spent time at right-back as a stop-gap but neither have enjoyed much success at the position.

To help find the answer, the Hammers are believed to be considering a move for Southampton’s reserve defender Cuco Martina but face competition from Hull for his signature according to the ESPN.

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The 27-year-old Curacao international right-back has been long-linked with an exit from Southampton after seeing an Everton move fall through in the summer as the result of Jeremy Pied suffering a long-term injury.

Only under contract until the end of the season, Martina could be offloaded this month by Claude Puel if he wishes to generate some cash to spend during the January transfer window.

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