Carter-Vickers could become a crucial cog in the West Ham machine

West Ham United should consider a surprise move for Tottenham Hotspur youngster Cameron Carter-Vickers amid reports from the The Sun that the East London outfit are looking for a new defender.

What’s the word?

Manuel Pellegrini has certainly put his stamp on the team by bringing in seven new signings so far in this summer window.

Most problem areas have been covered, but it seems that the former Manchester City boss wants multiple options.

Defenders Issa Diop and Fabian Balbuena recently signed for the Hammers, but judging by the latest media reports, Pellegrini wants another centre-back.

The Sun┬áreported on Tuesday that the club are battling Everton for Augsburg’s Martin Hinteregger, but they should be looking closer to home.

Why Carter-Vickers?

Initially it may seem like an odd choice, but the 20-year-old has bags of potential that West Ham could unlock.

The USA international has been part of the Tottenham fold since 2009 when he joined their academy.

Since making his first-team debut in 2016, the centre-back has struggled to maintain a place in the squad having had loan spells at Sheffield United and Ipswich Town.

Due to the fact that West Ham recently acquired two new defenders, they can afford to take a bit of a risk with Carter-Vickers.

The American is not the finished article, but he impressed during his loan stints in the Championship and he could develop his talent even further at West Ham, if they are able to convince one of their arch-rivals to let him join them in what would be a controversial move because of the strained relationship between Daniel Levy and the Irons’ joint-owners.