According to a report from the Express, West Ham United and Wolves are battling it out to sign Stoke City defender Harry Souttar this summer.

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And if the Hammers can beat Wolves to the 22-year-old’s signature, it would be a real sign of the progress we have made over the past seven months for so.

If you would have said at the start of the season that West Ham would be in fourth spot in the Premier League table after 30 games with Wolves sitting down in 14th, people would have thought you were crazy.

David Moyes has worked wonders at the London Stadium, however.

Meanwhile, Nuno Espirito Santo has endured an incredibly tough time at Molineux this season.

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Harry Souttar (Photo by Robbie Jay Barratt – AMA/Getty Images)

With the Hammers looking like qualifying for Europe this season and Wolves not yet safe from relegation, it is not an exaggeration to suggest that the east London outfit should be a far more attractive option for prospective signings than the Black Country club.

West Ham beating Wolves to Harry Souttar would be a big statement

Hammers boss David Moyes should be considering strengthening his central defensive ranks at the London Stadium.

 

Fabian Balbuena faces an uncertain future at the London Stadium.

And Stoke City ace Souttar would be a top class addition for West Ham.

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Harry Souttar (Photo by Jon Hobley/MI News/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

The towering 6ft 6in centre-back has racked up one goal and three assists in 34 Championship appearances for Stoke this season.

During those outings, the 22-year-old has averaged 1.1 tackles, 1.4 interceptions, 5.7 clearances and 0.7 blocks per game. He has also won an average of 5.4 aerial duals per match (Who Scored).

Those really are some impressive defensive numbers.

And beating Wolves to his signature would be a big statement from West Ham in the summer. It would also be a real sign of the opposite directions that both clubs are heading in.

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