Sky Sports have reported that West Ham could be close to signing New York Red Bulls defender Aaron Long for around £4 million this summer.

And ExWHUemployee has weighed in on the veracity of the reports.

Long, 26, is an 11-capped American international, and is a decent defender.

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Hammers boss Manuel Pellegrini is thought to be keen on bolstering his central defensive ranks this summer.

Whether Long has what it takes to succeed in the Premier League, however, is debatable.

It would be a huge step up from the MLS after-all.

There is still a long way to go, however, before West Ham can sign Long.

 

ExWHUemployee claimed last night that the east London outfit are still concerned about the chances of the centre-back being given a work permit:

There is, of course, just one week remaining before the transfer window slams shut in England.

So if the Hammers want to sign the 26-year-old American, they will have to get down to business ASAP.

And for just £4 million, Long could turn out to be a real coup for West Ham, if they do indeed manage to get a deal over the line for the centre-back.

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