According to Spanish newspaper outlet Mundo Deportivo, Premier League club, West Ham United have begun talks and are ready to go all out to secure the signing of Barcelona defender Junior Firpo. The Hammers were said to be interested in the young defender even before the Winter transfer window opened but it's looking like they are intensifying their interest and want to pick up from where they left off.
They have now followed up by initiating talks with the 24-year-old who has been seen as a perfect buyable player in this window to provide squad depth and strength. West Ham coach David Moyes has given his defender Aaron Cresswell a new role in the team by slotting him into a three-man central defence system while also losing Arthur Masuaku to a long-term injury.
The East London club are thought to be in the market for a left-sided defender and have set their sights in the Barcelona star as they see him as someone who can provide the qualities they seek in a defender.
Italian outfit Inter Milan are also thought to be interested in Firpo but it is looking like West Ham are steps ahead of Antonio Conte's side in the race to land the signature of the highly-rated defensive star.
According to TransferMarkt, Firpo shares the same agent as former Barcelona midfielder Andres Iniesta and although that does not have any influence on whether he will join West Ham, it still outlines the fact that the chances of him moving to West Ham may be affected.
West Ham are currently doing well in the Premier League and will want to continue in that fashion by allowing manager David Moyes to have more players to call upon for upcoming games.