ExWHUemployee has claimed that West Ham United are tracking five Derby County players with the East Midlands outfit in financial turmoil.

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The Rams are experiencing financial difficulties whilst they wait for a takeover by Sheikh Khaled’s Derventio Holdings to go through.

Derby manager Wayne Rooney has even deferred some of his £90k-a-week wages to ease the burden on the club (The Sun).

And it seems as though the Hammers could look to take advantage of the Rams’ financial plight.

ExWHUemployee claims five Derby players on West Ham radar

The Hammers insider claims that David Moyes is monitoring Lee Buchanan, Max Bird, Jason Knight, Louie Sibley and Morgan Whittaker.

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Ex claims that Buchanan is the player who we are most keen on.

The 19-year-old Derby ace is a left-back by trade, and that is definitely an area where West Ham need to strengthen in the long-term.

Jason Knight, 19, is a central midfielder, Louie Sibley, 19, is an attacking midfielder, Max Bird, 20, is a defensive midfielder and Morgan Whittaker, 20, is a right winger.

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David Moyes has often said that his long-term vision for the Hammers is to bring young, talented and hungry players to the London Stadium.

It is great that we are after so many young players with incredible amounts of potential.

ExWHUemployee does suggest that any moves to sign the five mentioned names will probably happen in the summer rather than this month, however.

Let’s hope that Moyes signs a top class striker before the transfer window slams shut.

Then we can look forward to a few exciting additions in the summer. And any of those Derby County players would be very smart signings for West Ham.

They all have huge ceilings and Moyes will be able to coach them into the players he wants. Much will depend on whether the proposed takeover by Sheikh Khaled’s Derventio Holdings ends up going through, however.

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