West Ham are among the clubs battling to sign Olympiacos left-back Leonardo Koutris in the summer, according to TEAMtalk.

Scouts from Everton, Leicester City, Newcastle United and West Ham recently watched the Greece international in action against Liechtenstein in Vaduz.

Koutris is set to face Bosnia-Herzegovina on Tuesday night with scouts from these four Premier League sides expected to travel to Sarajevo to watch him again.

Olympiacos rejected a £5m bid from Genoa in January and are hoping for double that price in the summer transfer window.

West Ham’s longstanding interest in Leonardo Koutris

West Ham have been linked with Leonardo Koutris in the past. (Photo by MIGUEL MEDINA/AFP/Getty Images)

This is not the first time West Ham have been linked with Koutris. Back in November, The Mirror reported that the Irons were considering a swoop for the Brazilian-born defender.

These rumours resurfaced in January. Sport24 – a Greek media outlet – claimed that West Ham were lining up a summer move for Koutris. And with TEAMtalk now reporting West Ham’s interest, it seems this rumour has legs.

 

Who is Leonardo Koutris?

Leonardo Koutris has plenty of experience in the Greek league. (Photo by Carlos Rodrigues/Getty Images)

Koutris is an attack-minded left-back who has been a regular for Olympiacos in the Greek Super League and the Europa League.

The 23-year-old has played in Greece for his entire senior career after moving from Brazil in 2011. After spells with Ergotelis and PAS Giannina, he moved to Olympiacos in 2017.

With more than 50 appearances under his belt for the Greek heavyweights, Koutris is improving with more experience.

But he is perhaps best-known for an infamous incident while at Ergotelis, where the stretcher carriers dropped him twice in a video which went viral thereafter.

Where would he fit in?

Leonardo Koutris could replace ex-Olympiakos left-back Arthur Masuaku at West Ham. (Photo by Arfa Griffiths/West Ham United via Getty Images)

Funnily enough, West Ham raided Olympiacos when they last signed a left-back. Arthur Masuaku was brought in from Olympiacos but he has struggled this season.

West Ham could offload the DR Congo international, opening a vacancy at left-back for Koutris to compete with Aaron Cresswell.