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Report: West Ham setback, club won’t sell star Hammers want for third straight window

West Ham United are facing defeat in their reported pursuit of Glasgow Rangers defender James Tavernier, with the Scottish side having no interest in offloading their right-back, according to the Daily Record.

The Hammers are short of options at right-back after Pablo Zabaleta and Jeremy Ngakia left the club at the end of last season.

Ryan Fredericks has started the season well for West Ham but was injured in the weekend win over Wolves, leaving youngster Ben Johnson in a position to potentially start against Everton in the Carabao Cup on Wednesday night.

The report suggests the Hammers are interested in Tavernier and have tried to sign him in the last two transfer windows as well, unsuccessfully.

The English full-back has become a mainstay in the Rangers side and his attacking intent from wide areas would certainly suit West Ham’s style of play.

The Old Firm sides have made a living out of buying talented players and selling them for a profit and as such the Hammers would surely be held to ransom if they pursued offers for Tavernier.

There is no doubting that a new right-back would be a positive addition at West Ham before the transfer window closes on Monday night, but it looks unlikely that the Rangers man will be a new face at the London Stadium.

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