According to a report from the Sun, West Ham and West Brom managers David Moyes and Slaven Bilic are set to battle it out for Basaksehir full-back Junior Caicara this summer.
Hammers boss Moyes will want to bolster his right-back ranks at the London Stadium this summer. Jeremy Ngakia and Pablo Zabaleta have already left the club. And Ryan Fredericks has been really disappointing over the past two years.
And the same can be said of Baggies manager Bilic, after Nathan Ferguson left the Hawthorns to link up with Crystal Palace last month.
Money will be tight in east London and the Black Country, however. The financial implications caused by the global health crisis have been severe, affecting almost every football club globally.
And the two Premier League clubs are by no means immune.
The Sun claims that because of that, West Ham and West Brom are set to battle it out for the bargain signing of £3 million rated Basaksehir full-back Junior Caicara.
The 31-year-old has won five league titles with three different clubs throughout his career thus far.
In Basaksehir’s title winning campaign last term, the Brazilian played 33 Super Lig games and chipped in with four assists. In those outings, he averaged 2.2 tackles, 0.9 interceptions, 1.8 clearances and 1.5 dribbles per game (Who Scored).
Caicara is an experienced pro. And he seems ideally suited to the cut and thrust nature of the Premier League.
At 31, however, he doesn’t fit into the category of players who David Moyes has suggested that he wants to sign this summer.
Perhaps Caicara would solve a problem in the short-term at the London Stadium, however. And provide some stringent competition for Ben Johnson next season.
West Ham have West Brom and their former manager Slaven Bilic in their way though, as they reportedly look to bring the South American right-back to east London this summer.