By Dean White

29th May, 2023 | 5:40pm

West Ham United are in talks to sign AS Roma right-back Bryan Reynolds in the summer and will look to send him out loan if they can strike a deal, according to The Athletic.

The news outlet reported on Monday (29 May) that the 21-year-old USA international is “overwhelmingly expected to leave” Roma this summer after spending the season on loan at Belgian outfit Westerlo.

It is understood that Westerlo, where Reynolds played 33 times in all competitions this season, have already had a bid to sign the Texan rejected by Roma.

West Ham are now discussing the possibility of signing Reynolds with the view to loaning him out to Sparta Prague for more playing time.

Kretinsky at play

West Ham’s connections to the Czech Republic are seemingly going to continue growing.

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Not only have Tomas Soucek and Vladimir Coufal, on the whole, been hits in East London but the growing Czech influence saw Daniel Kretinsky buy into the Hammers.

The Czech billionaire is a part owner of both West Ham and Sparta Prague so it seems as though a deal for Reynolds is going to be influenced by him in some way.

And then there’s also the biggie in Prague next week when the Irons face Fiorentina in the Europa Conference League final.

Reynolds sounds like an exciting prospect.

The former FC Dallas right-back joined Roma in January 2021 but has played just one minute of Serie A football for the billionaire-owned [Forbes] Italian giants.

He’s reportedly a wanted man in England, the Netherlands and Belgium but West Ham look as though they could be stealing a march on their transfer rivals.

Let’s see how this one develops.