West Ham are interested in signing Manchester United defender Antonio Valencia next summer, according to The Sun.

Manuel Pellegrini knows that he needs to find a new right-back soon and Valencia has been identified as a possible solution in that department.

With his contract at Manchester United expiring at the end of this season, Valencia will be a free agent this summer.

West Ham are hoping to capture the experienced defender if Man United decide to release him.

Who is Antonio Valencia?

Antonio Valencia has only played four Premier League games this season. (Photo by Alex Livesey – Danehouse/Getty Images)

Valencia has been in England since 2006, when he moved to Wigan Athletic from Villarreal.

After four years with Wigan, the Ecuador international moved to Man United in 2009.

During his time at Old Trafford, he has transformed his playing style and gone from a winger to a right-back.

If he is released at the end of his contract, the 33-year-old will leave Man United after 10 years with the club and over 300 Premier League appearances to his name.

That experience will appeal to Pellegrini, although his age might be an off-putting factor.

The right-back conundrum

Pablo Zabaleta could retire at the end of the season. (Photo by Arfa Griffiths/West Ham United via Getty Images)

Pablo Zabaleta is West Ham’s first-choice right-back but he turns 34 next month and his contract expires in the summer.

Spanish media outlet Sport believe Zabaleta is planning to retire at the end of this season.

His back-up choice is Ryan Fredericks, who is currently out injured, while Sam Byram is also sidelined.

This means that Michail Antonio is currently West Ham’s second choice in that department and Valencia would be a major upgrade on him.