According to Italian journalist Nicolo Schira, West Ham want to sign Aaron Long. Schira has proven his reliability this summer as he was one of the first to break both the Pablo Fornals and Sebastian Haller stories.
And now Schira claims that Long is still on West Ham’s radar. West Ham signed Goncalo Cardoso from Boavista on a five-year deal but Schira still believes the club are working on bringing in Long as another defensive option.
— Nicolò Schira (@NicoSchira) August 6, 2019
The USA international has been a West Ham target for a few weeks now. Schira claims West Ham have a “total agreement” to sign Long on a four-year deal for €4m (over £3.5m).
Aaron Long deal unlikely for two reasons
There is no doubting that West Ham have been tracking Long this summer. The 26-year-old was identified as a potential solution at the back for the Hammers. But this deal is unlikely to happen before tomorrow’s deadline.
Firstly, West Ham are unlikely to sign another central defender now Cardoso has joined. The Portuguese teenager is the fifth centre-back on West Ham’s books, joining Fabian Balbuena, Issa Diop, Angelo Ogbonna and Winston Reid.
Unless one of these four players leaves before tomorrow, West Ham are probably not going to move for Long. Then, there is the issue with his work permit; something Schira has alluded to.
Schira claims West Ham have been trying to secure a work permit for the New York Red Bulls star. But this is unlikely to be completed before the deadline even if West Ham are interested in him.