Struggling West Ham United have set their sights on Tottenham’s Scottish international full back Alan Hutton as they look for signings to help them rise up the table. Whilst a striker is the priority for manager Gianfranco Zola West Ham are also in need of a right back having failed to replace Australian Lucas Neill when the former captain left this summer and Sky Sports report that 25 year old Hutton is the man for the job.
Hutton made his name at Scottish giants Rangers where he became an important part of the first team and a regular international performer before becoming an object of interest to Tottenham. After strenuous negotiations Hutton moved to Spurs in 2008 for a fee believed to range from £8 – 10 million. The Scotland man failed to make as much of an impact as anticipated though as a promising start ended through injury and Croatian Vedran Corluka took over the right back spot where he has remained to this day.
Hutton is believed to be one of a number of players told he can leave by manager Harry Redknapp along with the likes of Robbie Keane, Roman Pavlyuchenko and David Bentley and the Hammers will waste no time in opening negotiations with their London rivals over the defender. With the Hammers said to be low on funds it is believed they will offer Spurs a part exchange deal in order to get their man but the players who are to be exchanged are yet to be seen.
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