West Ham are looking to considerably improve their defensive ranks this summer but they face a stern task of beating their rivals in the market.

The Hammers have been widely linked with interest in West Brom defender Ahmed Hegazi following the Baggies relegation to the Championship, although claims of a £2.5m release-clause are said to be false.

ESPN report that West Ham face a difficult test in the market to land the signature of the Egypt defender, set to feature for his nation at next month’s World Cup, as Tottenham are also keen on his services.

The Lilywhites are looking to significantly invest this summer to appease highly-rated boss Mauricio Pochettino and are eyeing a new defensive addition due to the uncertainly surrounding Toby Alderweireld.

With Spurs being able to offer Champions League football to Hegazi, the Hammers may struggle to lure the defender to the London Stadium and may be forced to look elsewhere.