Brighton and Hove Albion defender Solly March has admitted that he is open to leaving his club should the chance to join a bigger side comes calling, and that could come as a huge transfer boost for West Ham United.
“I’ve never been close to leaving the club,” the Brighton wing-back told The Set Pieces.
“But there are always aspirations to play for as big a club as you can. No disrespect to Brighton, but if that opportunity comes, I will try and take it. I don’t think that’s too bad to say.”
The Hammers were linked with the 26-year-old last September and reportedly opened negotiations with the Seagulls over a potential transfer.
However, that move did not work out and March remained at Brighton, featuring in their opening 21 Premier League fixtures of the campaign and weighing in with two goals and an assist.
He sustained a knee damage against Liverpool in February and that has kept him out of action since.
While West Ham’s left-back options Aaron Cresswell and Arthur Masuaku have been impressive this term, manager David Moyes could still look to bring in an upgrade ahead of next season, and March was in fine form playing at left wing-back for Graham Potter’s side before injury struck.
The Brighton star was reportedly on the verge of an England call-up last October, and it will be interesting to see whether he can work his way back up into Gareth Southgate’s plan when he returns.
The Hammers struggled to earn safety last season but are pushing for a top-four finish this term, and playing in Europe next term could attract someone like March.
West Ham are not the biggest club in the land, but playing in the Champions League will definitely see them become a force to reckon with, and Moyes will be keen to turn them into permanent top-six contenders going forward.