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West Ham eyeing swoop for World Cup star Aaron Long

With a six-week break in order, West Ham United fans can finally rest knowing that there will be no more Premier League football until Boxing Day.

Whilst fans wait for that to come back around, the World Cup will supplement their footballing desire with a steady stream of games to keep everyone entertained.

However, it is in England’s group where the Hammers can keep extra close attention.

On the 25th of November, the Three Lions will face the USA in their second group match, where the likelihood is high that Aaron Long will feature heavily.

The New York Red Bulls central defender has captured the eye of late for his performances across MLS, drawing interest from the east London outfit and more.

It was American football insider Tom Bogert who relayed the news, taking to his Twitter to claim: “Teams I’m expecting to be in the market for Aaron Long in MLS free agency are the LA Galaxy, Colorado Rapids, FC Dallas and more. 

“There is interest in Long in England like Bournemouth, West Ham & others, I’m told. Not expecting serious movement here until after the World Cup.”

The 30-year-old has been around for a long time, boasting the captaincy of the club that he has played for 175 times.

This season in MLS he boasts a 6.83 average rating, where he has recorded a 76% pass accuracy alongside 2.6 clearances per game, via SofaScore.

Standing at 6 foot 1, he could mark a sensational coup for David Moyes, to bolster his defensive options with the 29-cap titan who was lauded by his coach Chris Armas.

He exclaimed that “there’s nothing he doesn’t do back there for us” before noting what a “big voice” he was for them.

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West Ham's Declan Rice

When was the last time West Ham had an England player go to a World Cup?

Perhaps this addition of solidity and leadership could spur West Ham out of their relegation battle, as they currently sit just one point outside of the danger zone.

Further dubbed a “monster” by MLS writer Matt Doyle, he could well be exactly that when he takes on Declan Rice and co in a few weeks’ time with his whopping tally of 3.7 aerial duels won per game this term fine evidence of a man who could dominate England if they aren’t at their best.

Indeed, his experience will only be bolstered alongside a quietly impressive USMNT squad that could upset the apple cart in group B.

With little risk given he would be a free transfer too, perhaps Moyes will want this one as securely tied up as possible in case he truly shines at the World Cup.

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