By Anthony Onifade

22nd May, 2023 | 8:20am

West Ham United transfer news as Bryan Reynolds move on cards

West Ham United are among a host of clubs interested in signing AS Roma right-back Bryan Reynolds this summer, according to Tom Bogert.

The 21-year-old American international is expected to leave the Stadio Olimpico this summer after spending the season on loan at the Westerlo where he featured 30 times in the Belgian top-flight.

The full-back is said to have never won the trust of Jose Mourinho at the 2022/23 Europa League finalists, playing just one minute for the Italian giants since his move in 2021.

And according to American journalist Bogert, reporting on David Ornstein’s weekly column for The Athletic [22 May], West Ham United are interested in the youngster, as well as a number of Championship clubs.

“Reynolds, 21, is expected to leave Roma after spending the season on loan at Westerlo and the Italian side have already rejected an initial bid from the Belgian top-flight club.

“Championship clubs have also expressed interest given the USMNT international is thought to be eligible for a work permit to move to England.”

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Coufal replacement?

West Ham United are set to undergo much change to the squad this summer, with many of their first-team stars set to be seeking pastures new for next season, and one of those players could well be Vladimir Coufal.

Coufal is out of contract at the East Londoners in June and there have been no talks or developments of any potential new contract proposals on the table.

According to the Mirror newspaper [28 April, page 67], three unnamed Premier League clubs are on alert to his services this summer which means West Ham United will certainly be seeking out potential replacements and Reynolds seems a prospect the club can nurture to become the ideal fit.

The 21-year-old may not have been handed the opportunities at AS Roma but the Italian giants certainly saw something in him to purchase him in 2021.

And so far this campaign, he’s enjoyed a terrific campaign at Westerlo, who finished seventh in the Belgian Pro League, registering a goal and two assists from 30 appearances and his defensive stats seem impressive, averaging 1.3 tackles, 1.3 interceptions, 1.4 clearances and winning 56% of his ground duels [SofaScore] showcasing him as an able and no-nonsense defender.

With West Ham United undergoing a squad refresh in terms of age profile and signing more young prospects, Reynolds certainly seems an ideal candidate to fill that quota.