Southampton are leading the race to sign reported West Ham target Joakim Maehle, according to a report from TuttoBolognaWeb.

The Daily Star claimed in January that the Hammers were keen on signing the 22-year-old Danish right-back.

Right-back is certainly an area where David Moyes will want to strengthen. Ryan Fredericks has disappointed since joining West Ham in the summer of 2018.

And it could be a mistake putting too much pressure on young stars Jeremy Ngakia and Ben Johnson too soon.

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Joakim Maehle (Photo by Vincent Van Doornick/Isosport/MB Media/Getty Images)

Maehle has been in fine form for Genk this season, racking up four assists and one goal in 30 outings in all competitions (Transfermarkt).

 

He really impressed in the Champions League this term as well. In six games, the 22-year-old averaged 3.3 tackles, 1.3 interceptions, 1.7 clearances and 0.7 blocks. He also recorded an impressive pass completion rate of 76.1% in those games (Who Scored).

The 22-year-old would seemingly be the ideal addition for the Hammers.

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Joakim Maehle (Photo by Vincent Van Doornick/Isosport/MB Media/Getty Images)

But TuttoBolognaWeb now claim that Southampton are leading the race for Maehle.

According to Voetbal Primeur, the Genk ace could be available for as little as £7.5 million in the summer.

But it seems as though West Ham will now have their work cut-out, with Southampton reportedly wining the race for Maehle’s signature.

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