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Four players to follow Martin Odegaard to West Ham

West Ham are rumoured to be one of the sides leading the chase to sign Martin Odegaard from Real Madrid on loan. The young Norwegian burst on to the scene in 2014 making his senior international debut against the United Arab Emirates and in doing so became the youngest player ever to play for the Norwegian national team at 15 years-old. Later on that year he would go on to become the youngest player to ever feature in the qualifying stages for the European Championships.

Naturally, this attracted the interest of some of the world’s biggest clubs and he soon made the switch to Real Madrid. Since then it hasn’t quite worked out though and many think a move away from the club on loan at least would help aid his progression.

West Ham could be the place to go for the Norwegian but it might not just be him that sees his future with the Hammers. There’s plenty of other names linked with the club and here are FOUR of them…

Achraf Lazaar

Lazaar has been at Palermo for two years and has largely impressed with his performances down the left side. He can play as a left midfielder but is primarily used as a left back – a position the Hammers could do with strengthening. Aaron Cresswell would be the club’s first choice left back but with his injury record the place is up for grabs and the Moroccan Lazaar might be able to make the spot his own.

Charlie Taylor

Charlie Taylor

West Ham clearly feel they need strengthening down the left side of defence because Taylor plays there too. The Leeds man has seen a bid for him rejected already this Summer from the Hammers by his club but it wouldn’t be surprising to see another bid lodged before the end of the window. He made 39 appearances for Leeds last season and will be a key player wherever he is come September.

Manolo Gabbiadini

Napoli's Manolo Gabbiadini (L) receives a yellow card from referee Milorad Mazic after tackling Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk's Valeriy Fedorchuk during their Europa League semi-final second leg soccer match at the Olympic stadium in Kiev, Ukraine, May 14, 2015. REUTERS/Gleb Garanich Picture Supplied by Action Images

The Hammers also look to be interested in strengthening their striking options. With only Andy Carroll as a regular goal-scorer, and that’s only if he’s fit, the club need extra forwards. Gabbiadini played second fiddle to Gonzalo Higuain at Napoli last season and although the Argentine has now moved on, he may still be interested in a move. The interest has been there this Summer, whether a deal happens remains to be seen.

Carlos Bacca

Football - Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk v Sevilla - UEFA Europa League Final - National Stadium, Warsaw, Poland - 27/5/15 Carlos Bacca celebrates scoring the second goal for Sevilla Reuters / Eddie Keogh

Will it or won’t it? It’s been one of the transfer sagas this Summer and as yet West Ham still haven’t completed the signing of Carlos Bacca. The Hammers’ interest in the striker is well documented as they look for European experience up top but fans must be getting frustrated with the lack of movement. Whatever the situation, if it’s going to happen, it needs to happen fast.

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