West Ham United are reportedly set to test the water with regards to a firm offer for Nottingham Forest defender Matty Cash, according to The Mirror.
Cash was the subject of a £6 million bid from Sheffield United, which would eventually make Forest £10 million following a series of add-ons.
Those numbers were thought to have been laughed out of the boardroom by Forest and clubs will need to get serious very soon when it comes to Cash.
It is also claimed that West Ham, like the Blades, are unwilling to pay Forest the £15 million which they value Cash at this summer.
The 23-year-old enjoyed the best season of his professional career during 2019/20, playing in 42 of Forest’s 46 Championship fixtures.
Following an injury to Tendayi Darikwa, before a ball was kicked last season, Cash was transformed into a right-back by Sabri Lamouchi.
It was a position that saw him excel and has now led to several Premier League clubs showing an interest in the player.
West Ham narrowly avoided relegation last season and a solid run at the end of the season ultimately saw them survive.
With big deal unlikely to happen for David Moyes, he has clearly targeted the Championship as a market where he can snap up a few bargains.
Forest man is vital
Cash is arguably Forest’s best player and any Premier League club who thinks they will get their right-back on the cheap might be in for a nasty surprise.
The Reds will want their best players to help them get over last season’s disappointment and Cash falls into that category.
Keeping the academy graduate could be the difference between success and failure next season and the club won’t want to sell him lower than market value.
Given the infrastructure in place at West Ham and their fanbase, they could have significant pulling power but supporters will hope Forest continue to stand firm.