West Ham United target Kortney Hause is reportedly now keen to leave Aston Villa in the summer transfer window.
That’s according to a report from The Daily Mail who claim that the centre-back wants to leave Villa Park with opportunities for regular first-team football under Steven Gerrard looking bleak next season.
Central defence is an area at the London Stadium where Hammers boss David Moyes will be desperate to strengthen in the summer.
The Hammers missed out on the defender in the end but just before the January window closed, Gerrard brought Calum Chambers to Villa Park.
Hause is now even further down the central defence pecking order at Aston Villa. And it seems as though he’s ready to leave the West Midlands club…
Kortney Hause move to West Ham could be on as report claims he wants Villa exit
The 26-year-old wants out at Villa Park according to a report from The Daily Mail. And a return to the Hammers could certainly be on the cards.
Hause, 26, was born and raised on Goodmayes, Ilford, and was part of the West Ham academy as a youngster.
He was released by the Hammers 10 years ago, aged 16, having joined the academy at a young age from his local side Lakeview FC.
Wycombe Wanderers then picked him up and he spent two years there before moving on to Wolves.
Hause then left Wolves to join Aston Villa for £3 million in the summer of 2019 (Express and Star) having spent the previous season on loan at Villa Park.
The 26-year-old has made seven Premier League appearances for Steven Gerrard’s Aston Villa so far this season. During those outings, he has averaged 0.6 tackles, 1.2 interceptions, two clearances and 0.8 blocks per game (Who Scored).
Standing at 6ft 3in tall, the East London born defender cuts a big and imposing figure and has won an average of 3.1 aerial duels per game in the Premier League this season (Who Scored).
He’s left footed as well and that will certainly appeal to West Ham boss David Moyes.
Hause is out of contract at Villa Park in the summer but the Villans do have the option to extend that deal by a further 12 months.
It must be said though, surely West Ham should be setting our sights higher than Kortney Hause. He wouldn’t be a bad addition to the squad as far as strength in depth is concerned. But if we are to make genuine progress as a football club, Moyes needs to be targeting players of far greater calibre than the Aston Villa man.