West Ham are planning to rival Bournemouth for Nathaniel Clyne in the summer transfer window, according to Goal.
Clyne is currently on loan at Bournemouth from Liverpool and the south coast outfit want to make his deal permanent.
But West Ham are ready to compete with the Cherries for the right-back with Liverpool reportedly willing to sell him for £15m.
Clyne was out of favour at Anfield but has played 12 times for Bournemouth since his January loan switch.
Eddie Howe wants to keep the 14-cap England international but West Ham entering the race could ruin his transfer plans.
Editor’s opinion: Nathaniel Clyne
West Ham have decisions to make on four right-backs and a move for Clyne hinges on what is decided.
Ryan Fredericks is likely to remain as the first choice in this department but West Ham need two players competing for the right-back spot.
Pablo Zabaleta is out of contract at the end of the season and is showing signs that he is on a decline now. Perhaps it is time to part ways with the veteran defender.
Ben Johnson looked bright on debut but is he ready to step up as a regular back-up? Fredericks is quite injury prone so maybe more experience is needed.
Sam Byram is the fourth right-back in West Ham’s squad but after an injury-plagued season at Nottingham Forest, his future in East London looks bleak.
If Manuel Pellegrini gets rid of Byram and Zabaleta, then Clyne would be an excellent addition. The 28-year-old is a proven Premier League quality right-back who would provide strong competition with Fredericks for the starting berth.
But West Ham need to negotiate the price. £15m for a Liverpool squad player is extortionate. If the price is right, then West Ham should swoop.