Premier League outfit and Europa League semi-finalists West Ham are the latest side to be linked with a move for out-of-contract Rangers talent Kyle McClelland.
The Northern Irish youth centre-back is out of contract in the summer and there are murmurs of interest from several English Championship clubs.
Reports had claimed that the defender was set to leave Ibrox in the hunt for more first-team football with Cardiff City, Sheffield United and Huddersfield mentioned as suitors.
But West Ham United present a particularly interesting option for Kyle McClelland given their Premier League status and according to the Daily Record the Hammers are sniffing around.
They claim that B team captain McClelland has already turned down a new contract offer at Rangers and fully intends to move on when his contract expires.
Rangers talent Kyle McClelland linked with West Ham move
Now 20-years-old, Kyle McClelland is said to be looking for more first-team opportunities but it’s hard to see the kid breaking into the West Ham first team.
This would suggest that if the Ulster centre-back does move to London, then it would likely be with a view to going out on loan immediately afterwards.
Rangers are said to rate Kyle McClelland very highly but the defender has been unable to breakthrough past a competitive backline.
The likes of Connor Goldson, Leon Balogun, Filip Helander and Calvin Bassey have been hard to budge from the two available positions all season long despite a series of injuries shared across the backline.
Couple this with the emergence of Academy star Leon King and opportunities are likely to be few and far between so perhaps a move is the best thing for the defender’s career.
Meanwhile, another Rangers centre-half has dropped a major hint regarding a potential new contract as his deal prepares to expire in the summer.