West Ham join race for in-demand Joe Bryan

According to The Mirror, West Ham United have joined the race for Bristol City defender Joe Bryan ahead of the 2018-19 campaign.

What’s the story?

Bristol City will do extremely well to keep hold of Bryan this summer when considering his performances over the last few seasons, and indeed the interest surrounding him.

The 24-year-old scored seven times in 48 appearances for Bristol City in all competitions last term – including a goal against Manchester United in the EFL Cup.

Leeds United and Middlesbrough have both been linked, whilst it is understood that Newcastle United are also considering a move.

According to The Mirror, West Ham are now very much in the hunt, with Hammers boss Manuel Pellegrini still in the market for new signings ahead of the 2018-19 season.

Bryan looked at home against Man United in the EFL Cup last season, and managed five Championship goals during a very impressive 2017-18 campaign.

Should West Ham sign Bryan?

Aaron Cresswell’s future at West Ham was believed to be in doubt following the arrival of Pellegrini, but it is understood that the club’s new head coach sees the Englishman as a key part of his XI next term.

On the face of it, a move for Bryan makes little sense when considering Arthur Masuaku’s presence in that area of the field, with both players miles better than the Championship player.

The arrival of the 5ft 7in ace would give Pellegrini plenty of options down the left, but having three players for one position, given they have Andriy Yarmolenko to play wide on the left, seems a little excessive.

West Ham have already been very busy this summer with some smart additions, but Bryan would not be one of them.