Prime West Ham United target Antonee Robinson looks like he could follow in the footsteps of the great Julian Dicks.

 

West Ham are interested in signing young American left-back Robinson according to a host of sources.

The Sun on Sunday reporter Alan Nixon revealed last month that West Ham boss Moyes is ‘heading the queue’ for the 22-year-old’s signature.

West Ham insiders Claret & Hugh also carried a report on West Ham’s interest in the star who famously saw a dream move to AC Milan fall through at the 11th hour in the January transfer window over a problem with his medical.

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West Ham ‘head the queue’ for cut-price left-back – report

Wigan became the first English club to go into administration since the global health crisis this week (BBC Sport).

The Latics face a 12 point deduction which could relegate them to League One.

But that could be good news for West Ham as Wigan will also be forced to sell their best players in the next window to raise funds.

And Robinson is undoubtedly one of those. The 22-year-old was born in Milton Keynes but has played seven times for the USA’s national team.

A new report from Sun on Sunday reporter Nixon last week claimed Robinson has a relegation clause which means West Ham could land him for just £1.5million.

West Ham are desperately short in the fullback positions. Both left-backs Aaron Cresswell and Arthur Masuaku are hugely unreliable.

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Shades of Hammers great Dicks about Robinson

They are both for sale at a reasonable price this summer according to insiders Claret & Hugh.

At the weekend West Ham fans got a glimpse of what they might be getting should they sign Robinson.

And there were shades of West Ham great Dicks – and another former Hammer Stuart Pearce – about Robinson in Wigan’s 0-0 draw at Barnsley.

The left-back seemed lucky to escape with just a yellow card as he sent Kilian Ludewig head over heels, quite literally.

The crunching challenge showed Robinson’s power as Ludewig was flipped 360 degrees in the tackle.

Fellow West Ham website Knees Up Mother Brown spotted the clip.

And they pointed out Robinson has what West Ham have been sorely lacking for some time.

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‘It’s been a while’

“It’s been a while since West Ham had a left back who would tackle like this,” KUMB said on Twitter.

“I give you Wigan’s Antonee Robinson, who is on WHUFC’s radar.”

Although the challenge was deemed a possible red card offence by some, it did highlight one of Robinson’s major assets – his electric pace.

There is a reason Milan – a club with a rich history of top class defenders – were interested in Robinson.

And if West Ham can get him as part of David Moyes’s vision to build a team of young, athletic and hungry players he could turn out to be a bargain signing.

Just like Dicks was all those years ago when West Ham got him from Birmingham for just £300,000.

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