By Joe Ellis

11th Jan, 2022 | 4:45pm

West Ham make contact with PSG over Layvin Kurzawa

West Ham have made contact with French giants Paris Saint Germain over a deal to sign defender Layvin Kurzawa in January.

The Hammers expressed interest in the Frenchman in the summer although they ultimately didn’t make a move to sign him, now they have reignited their attempts to bring him to London.

According to Foot Mercato, West Ham are among a number of clubs who are keen on signing the 29-year-old but his entourage is making negotiations difficult.

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David Moyes has been deploying the naturally right-footed Ben Johnson as a makeshift left-back since Aaron Cresswell picked up an injury in November.

And while it hasn’t negatively impacted the team or the results to a great extent, you can tell whenever watching the Irons that Johnson isn’t 100% comfortable in his new role.

He has done reasonably in this recent run of games but a more natural left-sided player is probably needed at the London Stadium.

And while Kurzawa fits the bill as a player, the trouble that he has caused in the French capital indicates he could create more problems off the pitch than impact the game on it.

Let’s not forget, Cresswell isn’t out of action forever. He will return to Moyes’ side at some point at which Johnson can retreat to a backup once again.

If the club is insistent on bringing in a left-back in January, despite more pressing concerns elsewhere in the squad (central defence and striker), then it may be in the club’s best interests to steer clear of Kurzawa.

Aston Villa, Napoli, Lazio, Roma and Inter Milan are all in the hunt for the 29-year-old, so, it could be wise to retreat from the battle this month.

In other West Ham news, Jim White tells Hammers fans “don’t panic” amid rumours about Declan Rice’s future.