By Jonty Banks

11th Nov, 2022 | 8:10am

West Ham United: Serious movement not expected for Aaron Long transfer before World Cup

West Ham United are not expected to make a move for New York Red Bulls skipper Aaron Long till after the World Cup, according to journalist Tom Bogert.

The 30-year-old United States international was heavily linked with a move to West Ham in 2019 when David Moyes started his second stint as manager at the club, with the American side turning down an offer of £3.4 million.

The defender joined the American club in March 2016 and has gone on to make 175 appearances in all competitions, scoring 14 goals, with his contract expiring next month.

Bogert posted a Tweet on Thursday 10 November saying: “There is interest in Long in England like Bournemouth, West Ham and others, I’m told.

“Not expecting serious movement here until after the World Cup.

“Teams I’m expecting to be in the market for Adam Long in MLS free agency are the LA Galaxy, Colorado Rapids, FC Dallas and more.”

Not a priority

The Premier League is surely beckoning for Long after he failed to agree on a new long-term contract with the New York Red Bulls, but East London might not be the best fit.

Considering the predicament David Moyes finds himself in currently, with points needed quickly in order to avoid a relegation scrap, there are more pressing matters than signing another centre-back.

To a team such as Bournemouth, who may not have the biggest purse to shop with and require a cheap option, Long makes complete sense.

But West Ham have an army of centre-backs in their squad already, after signing Nayef Aguerd and Thilo Kehrer in the summer as well as having Craig Dawson, Kurt Zouma and Angelo Ogbonna.

Instead, additional bodies in central midfield are a must, where the alarmingly underperforming Tomas Soucek has looked far from his best, and West Ham remaining a Declan Rice injury away from disaster.