Claudio Ranieri risk for West Ham United

West Ham United, as well as Southampton, are on alert after learning that Claudio Ranieri wants an offer from a Premier League club, according to The Mirror.

What’s the word?

It has not been claimed that West Ham or Southampton have made any concrete approaches for Ranieri, but The Mirror suggests that they may consider it if they part ways with their current managers.

Slaven Bilic has been under pressure at times this season due to the team struggling to carry their 2015-16 form into this campaign.

The Hammers finished seventh last May, but after moving into their new London Stadium, things have not quite gone to plan.

With two games to go they sit 12th in the table, but they did guarantee Premier League football for next season with a win over Tottenham Hotspur last week.

Ranieri, who was sacked by Leicester less than 12 months after guiding them to stunning title glory, is believed to be wanted by Nice, but The Mirror claims he is holding out for an English club.

Would Ranieri be a good fit at West Ham?

Considering that the Italian transformed Leicester into shock Premier League winners in his first season, any mid-table club would be attracted to him.

The general feeling when Ranieri was sacked by the Foxes was that of shock and anger, with rumours circling that some first-team players had a hand in his dismissal.

That speculation has been refuted by the club and the players, who won five league games on the bounce when Craig Shakespeare took over.

Given how the season has panned out and the cutthroat nature of football nowadays, it would not be a huge surprise if Bilic was given the chop, but hiring Ranieri would be a risk.

Leicester were in a relegation battle under the Italian this season, which questions whether he would be much of an improvement for West Ham.