By Nick Ware

27th Jul, 2021 | 6:40pm

West Ham want to sign Burnley defender Phil Bardsley

West Ham are considering a “surprise” move for Burnley defender Phil Bardsley, according to Daily Telegraph journalist Mike McGrath.

Writing via his personal Twitter profile on Tuesday night, McGrath claims the 36-year-old right-back is wanted by West Ham.

He said: “One surprise name on West Ham’s radar is Phil Bardsley, to provide full-back cover on both flanks. The Burnley defender has 14 consecutive seasons in the Premier League.”

On the cheap

This might well be the most uninspiring signing of recent times for West Ham, and that’s saying something.

After securing Europa League football last season after a stellar campaign, fans were positive and hoping for some serious activity in the transfer market this summer.

But, up to this point, no major signings have been made, and the start of the 2021/22 Premier League season is less than three weeks away.

Now we’re being linked to Bardsley, a veteran defender who played just four times in the league last season for the lowly Clarets.

Sure, he would offer some versatility given his ability to play at left-back as well as right-back, but can we not sign a young player instead? Or, better yet, place our faith in someone from the academy?

Bardsley is vastly experienced having made over 250 Premier League appearances, and the Salford-born defender also played 13 times for Scotland, with his last outing coming in 2014.

He’s perhaps best known by Hammers for protecting three young West Ham fans by inviting them onto the substitutes bench during ugly protest scenes at the London Stadium in 2018, as his Burnley side picked up a 3-0 victory [Manchester Evening News].

But despite that bit of popularity, it just looks like a cheap move to us – Bardsley would likely only cost a nominal fee, and his wages are unlikely to be extortionate at this stage of his career.

David Moyes and those above him may view it as a shrewd move, but to us it’s just another example of our low ambitions.

In other West Ham news, the Irons have made an approach to sign this English 24-year-old.

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