West Ham have upped their bid for Hull City’s Robert Snodgrass after they reportedly had a £3million bid rejected for him last week.

Reports claim they have returned with a £5m bid for the midfielder in the hope of tempting Hull to part ways with their influential winger.

However, it is also claimed Middlesbrough are also interested in signing the Scotland international and that it could be a two horse race for Snodgrass before the end of the transfer window later this month.

Snodgrass has made 38 key passes for the Tigers this season, which would put him behind only Dimitri Payet in the West Ham squad, and considerably higher than anyone else in the squad.

This means West Ham would be adding another highly creative player to a squad that has consistently struggled to create chances for their strikers this season.

Some fans believe signing Snodgrass does not represent good business given the club’s initial claims that moving to London Stadium would help attract big name players to the club, and Snodgrass is not a big name as such.

However, you could argue that while West Ham are struggling to score goals and attempt to steer away from the Premier League’s relegation zone, in-form top-flight players like Snodgrass are players they should be targeting before going out and buying unproven players from abroad, which is what they did so poorly in the summer.

At 29-years-old, Snodgrass still has a couple of years left in him at the top of the game and, if West Ham can secure his signature this January, he would undoubtedly produce the goods – even if it is for the short term.

Would West Ham be a better option over Boro for Snodgrass? Of course, the club’s board just need to ensure they can convince Hull to sell first.