West Ham could be about to miss out on young Reading let-back Omar Richards as the 22-year-old prepares to sign a new deal with his current club, according to journalist Courtney Friday.
The Kent-born full-back has continued impressive form this season and has been a regular in an unbeaten Veljko Paunovic’s starting XI that has conceded just there times and sits top of the Championship table.
It’s this form and the murmurings of top-flight interest that have lead to the Royals to be keen to tie him down to a new ‘bumper’ contract in the near future.
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Despite only primitive links the need for an alternative left-back within the Irons ranks is there for all to see, especially with Aaron Cresswell moving inside to form part of a central defensive back three at the start of this season.
Cresswell’s new role leaves Arthur Masuaku as the only senior out and out left-back in David Moyes’ squad.
Although a new contract doesn’t make any future deal impossible to foresee, what it does mean is that should the club wish to pursue the youngster, the price will be at a premium.