Ryan Fredericks isn’t expected to return to action until the end of February at least, which has stressed West Ham United’s need for full-back reinforcements.

According to the Daily Mail, the Hammers have joined AC Milan in pursuit of Nottingham Forest ace Matty Cash.

The report claims a host of other Premier League clubs are also interested in the 22-year-old, but he’s unlikely to leave the City Ground this month.

Cash boasts useful versatility, having converted into a right-back from midfield, and impressing whilst doing so, under Sabri Lamouchi this season.

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With Pablo Zabaleta set to depart in the near future, Cash could finally provide serious competition for Fredericks and I’d go as far as saying he could become first-choice pretty quickly.

From what I’ve seen of Cash, he takes undoubted enthusiasm and energy to everything he does and as a former winger, could fit the perfect mould if David Moyes wants to use wing-backs.

Although Forest’s valuation of their ace is unknown, I think West Ham could secure him at an affordable price if they tested the Championship club’s resolve.

Now 34, I’m sure many would agree when I say Zabaleta can’t be starting every game as they keep on flowing so a right-back should be a priority this month.

Which full-back position do West Ham need to improve more?

Right-back

Left-back