According to a report from Sky Sports, West Ham have had a bid rejected for New York Red Bulls centre-back Aaron Long.

The Hammers need to strengthen in almost every single department of their squad this month.

But in truth, central defence isn’t really a top priority. Although the addition of a top class centre-back would obviously not got a miss.

Sky Sports claims that West Ham offered New York Red Bulls a loan fee for Long worth around £382,000 until the end of the season, with an option to buy for £3.4 million in the summer.

The MLS outfit have allegedly rejected that proposal from the Hammers, however.

 

Should West Ham up their offer for Long?

SOCCER: AUG 17 MLS - New England Revolution at New York Red Bulls

Aaron Long (Photo by John Jones/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

The 16-capped United States international is vastly experienced, with 179 club appearances to his name. All of those have come in America, however, and that should be a real concern for the Hammers.

Long stands at 6ft 1in tall, so he isn’t the tallest of centre-backs. But he still is a very solid defender. According to Who Scored, Long won an average of 4.7 aerial dual in 25 MLS outings for New York Red Bulls last season.

The 27-year-old also made an average of 1.1 tackles, 1.3 interceptions, 0.8 blocks and an amazing 5.3 clearances per game in 25 league appearances last term (Who Scored).

SOCCER: MAY 04 MLS - LA Galaxy at New York Red Bulls

Aaron Long in action (Photo by John Jones/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

Those stats suggest that he would be a decent addition for West Ham. The fact that he is 27 and has never played outside of the United States, however, should be a real warning sign for the east London outfit.

Perhaps if they could have picked him up for the reported fee of just under £3.8 million, it might have been worth it.

But anything more than that would quite simply represent too much of a risk for West Ham.

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