West Ham are hopeful that they have the edge in the race to sign Queens Park Rangers ace Eberechi Eze this summer, according to a report from the Evening Standard.

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David Moyes will undoubtedly be prioritising the additions of some new defenders this summer.

The Hammers were woeful at the back last season. And they desperately need to bolster their back-line before the start of next season.

Having said all of that, nobody of a West Ham persuasion would be disappointed if Eze was signed this summer.

The 22-year-old is a truly special talent. And if Moyes manages to sell Felipe Anderson and/or Manuel Lanzini, signing Eze would be more than justified.

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Eberechi Eze (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)

The Hammers have been after the £20 million-rated attacking midfielder since January (The Sun).

And now the Evening Standard claims that West Ham think they have the upper hand on some of Eze’s other Premier League suitors due to the fact that they are planning to offer Jordan Hugill to QPR as part of the deal that would bring the 22-year-old starlet to the London Stadium.

The 28-year-old has been a real flop in east London since joining the club from Preston in January 2018.

Hugill could hold key to Eze’s West Ham move

He enjoyed a fairly successful period away from West Ham on loan with QPR last season, however.

Hugill was said to be in talks with Norwich yesterday (Sky Sports Transfer Guru Kaveh Solhekol)

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Jordan Hugill (Photo by MI News/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

The Hammers would prefer the former Preston hitman to return to Queens Park Rangers, however. West Ham allegedly feel as though the west London outfit are in fact keen to take Hugill back this summer (Evening Standard).

And because of that, the Hammers reportedly believe that they hold the advantage in the race for Eze’s signature this summer.

Let’s hope that turns out to be spot on. The 22-year-old could be an absolutely star for us. Sure, signing at least two defenders should be our priority. But sometimes there are opportunities that are quite simply too good to miss out on.

And this is certainly one of those.

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