West Ham are in the race to sign Manchester United defender Brandon Williams

West Ham want to sign Manchester United defender Brandon Williams, according to The Sun.

The report claims the Hammers are joined by Southampton and soon to be Premier League Norwich, who want the 20-year-old on loan.

Williams was linked with a move to the London Stadium in January [The Sun] and it appears those at the club are still keen on the left-back.

The youngster has seen his game time reduce this season, with just 11 appearances in all competitions, but Ole Gunnar Solakjaer has previously called him “outstanding” [Planet Football], which shows he is highly rated at Old Trafford.

A good addition?

Williams could be a very sensible addition in the summer, not least because we could sell full-back Arthur Masuaku [Claret & Hugh].

Solskajer is not the only big name fond of Williams either, with Gary Neville taking time to sing his praises last year.

The former United man tweeted last year: “I like Brandon Williams. What I like about him specifically is he has that look in his eye of someone that would eat his opponent’s nose to win the match. Keep going kid! Oh he can play football too which is always a bonus.”

There is a lot to like about both Williams’ ability and his character, and his determination means he is a good fit for our squad.

He would be a useful back-up option for Aaron Cresswell, though 2.1 tackles and 1.3 interceptions per game in the Europa League last term [WhoScored] suggests he could help us in that competition, should we qualify.

It is still unclear if he would arrive on a permanent basis or on loan but as Jesse Linagrd has proved, a temporary move could bring out the best in a player who has been on the fringes at Old Trafford.

In other West Ham news, a Sky Sports pundit was stunned by a West Ham duo against Burnley and he applauded the ‘power’ of a £70,000 a week star.

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