West Ham are considering a swap deal in order to secure the services of QPR’s 22-year-old attacking midfielder Eberechi Eze.
The Millwall academy product was one of the most exciting young prospects to emerge from the Championship during the 2019/20 campaign, having hit 14 goals in just his second full season in the second tier.
His form understandably attracted the attention of a selection of Premier League sides, with Crystal Palace, West Ham and West Brom all reportedly interested.
Any move the Hammers make for Eze had been thought to be determined by whether they can find a buyer for Felipe Anderson and Manuel Lanzini due to QPR wanting a substantial transfer fee for the England Under-21 international.
However, according to the Sun journalist Alan Nixon, West Ham would be prepared to do a swap deal in order to bring Meze to the London Stadium.
Palace had a £12m plus add ons bid rejected by QPR on Monday, and the Hoops are said to be holding out for a fee of at least £16m. They had originally set an asking price of £20m for the midfielder.
Nixon pointed to Jordan Hugill as a player West Ham could potentially swap with QPR in order to land Eze. Hugill has only played 22 minutes of Premier League football since joining the Hammers in January 2018, and spent the 2019/20 season on loan at Loftus Road.
He enjoyed a successful loan spell with QPR, scoring 15 goals in 41 appearances.
Fresh from sealing their return to the Premier League, West Brom are another side eyeing up Eze. The Baggies reportedly held informal talks with QPR last week.
Palace are also not to be deterred despite having their initial bid rejected. The Eagles are expected to return with an improved offer, but their transfer activity this summer is expected to be determined by whether they can find a buyer for Wilfried Zaha.