West Ham United boss David Moyes will likely have a limited budget this summer.
So the fact he could solve a big problem position by signing Southampton left-back Ryan Bertrand for free will not have gone unnoticed.
That’s after former Chelsea left-back Bertrand and Southampton announced he will leave the Saints this summer.
Moyes could solve big West Ham problem for free after surprise Bertrand announcement
Bertrand, 31, may be the wrong side of 30 to fit Moyes’s recruitment policy of signing young, hungry players at West Ham.
But he is a proven Premier League performer with pace and an excellent injury record. In fact Bertrand has played over 30 games in all but one season during his career since becoming a first team regular.
West Ham have seen both Aaron Cresswell and Arthur Masuaku struggle with injuries this season.
Both are currently sidelined again as West Ham go in search of a European spot.
West Ham fans felt Moyes needed to sign a new left-back anyway before this season with major doubts over Masuaku’s defensive capabilities.
Proven Prem performer offers competition for Cresswell and frees up Masuaku with finances reportedly tight
Now the Scot could add another Englishman to the mix after Bertrand became something of a surprise addition to the summer free agent market having been widely expected to sign a new deal with Southampton.
The former England star – and Southampton – made the announcement on social media on Wednesday.
“This has been a difficult decision for me, but the time has come for me to seek a new challenge and find a new home that allows me the freedom to play and maximise my contribution to the team,” Bertrand said on Twitter.
Reports doing the rounds in West Ham circles this week have started to play down Moyes’s summer budget.
Hammers fans are already angry at the prospect their manager will not be rewarded for West Ham’s remarkable season.
West Ham summer spend priorities are striker, Lingard and midfield back-up so left-back freebie would be bonus
Particularly given West Ham desperately need a new striker, defensive midfielder and to make Jesse Lingard’s move a permanent one.
So solving the left-back problem – which would provide competition for Cresswell and allow Masuaku to be considered purely as a winger if he is retained – with a quality player for nothing would be hugely attractive to West Ham.
There will likely be competition for Bertrand’s signature.
Although of the clubs that might be interested, West Ham would surely be at the front of the queue.
Particularly if they make Europe but also as it will be a return home to London for the defender.
Watch this space.