West Ham United are interested in centre-backs Jamaal Lascelles and James Tarkowski this summer as new manager Manuel Pellegrini looks to revamp his squad, according to The Mirror.
The pair, who play for Newcastle United and Burnley respectively, enjoyed stellar seasons in the Premier League and their futures are likely to come under the microscope over the coming months.
The report claims that Pellegrini, who takes over from David Moyes in the dugout at the London Stadium, wants to ship out several players to fund new additions to his ranks.
Whether Lascelles and Tarkowski can be acquired remains to be seen given that West Ham finished below both of their current employers in the table last term.
The Newcastle captain was instrumental in helping his side to claw away from the relegation zone and he also managed to chip in with three goals to help the cause at the other end of the pitch.
The former England under-21 international looks to have matured under the management of Rafa Benitez and has established himself as one of the first names on the Spaniard’s team-sheet.
Meanwhile, Tarkowski’s form for Burnley earned him an England call up earlier this year and the 25-year-old was widely regarded as one of the division’s most consistent performers in 2017-18.
However, with the Clarets set to play in the Europa League next season after their shock seventh-placed finish, it is unlikely that the ex-Brentford star will want to move on unless it is for a club in the top six.
West Ham’s prospects of landing the pair seem remote but strengthening an ageing backline is clearly a priority for Pellegrini.
Veteran James Collins has already been allowed to depart and there are several other personnel either nearing or past their 30th birthdays.
Pellegrini has promised the Hammers faithful attacking football but equally important is injecting some youth and energy into the defence.