Santos could be transformed into future defensive star for West Ham United

West Ham United are interested in signing Barcelona defender Marlon Santos, according to the Daily Mail.

What’s the word?

The club are expected to have a busy summer as new manager Manuel Pellegrini will look to shape his own squad.

A report in the Daily Mail claims that the Hammers are keeping a close eye on Santos, who impressed during a season-long loan spell at Nice.

The Brazilian made 22 appearances in all competitions for the French outfit.

It is unlikely that Santos will be able to break into the first team of the Spanish giants, which means that he may look to move on this summer.

Is he right for West Ham?

The Brazilian is still developing as a player, so it may be a risk to throw him into the deep end straight away.

However, the Hammers need to inject some youth into their squad, and if Pellegrini wants to be at the London Stadium long-term, he needs to start thinking about giving hopefuls a chance.

Santos predominantly plays at centre-back, but can also play at right-back, which proves his versatility.

West Ham will certainly welcome a player who can feature in a variety of positions, but they may need to be patient with Santos if he comes through the welcome gates this summer.