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Report: West Ham have Aaron Long bid rejected

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?

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).

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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