West Ham want Ola Aina as Torino reject deadline day bid for ex-Chelsea and Fulham defender

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London return? West Ham want to sign ex-Chelsea and Fulham defender Ola Aina  (Getty Images)
London return? West Ham want to sign ex-Chelsea and Fulham defender Ola Aina (Getty Images)

West Ham have had an initial bid for full-back Ola Aina rejected by Italian side Torino.

The Hammers have seen an offer worth €4million (£3.4m) plus a further €4m in add-ons knocked back and are weighing up whether to make an improved bid as they push to sign a new right-back before tonight’s transfer deadline.

A signing in the position would allow the Hammers to sanction the departure of youngster Harrison Ashby, who is wanted by Newcastle as back-up to Kieran Trippier.

Ashby has less than a year left on his current contract and has so far not signed a new deal, but with Ben Johnson nursing an injury, David Moyes is still reluctant to allow the academy graduate to leave without bringing in a replacement.

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Aina, who was born in London and came through Chelsea’s youth ranks, joined Torino in 2018, initially on loan, before making the switch permanent the following summer.

The 25-year-old spent the 2020-21 season on loan in the Premier League with Fulham and made 31 appearances as the Cottagers were relegated.

Aina represented England at age group level but switched allegiance to Nigeria and has gone on to win 29 senior caps for the Super Eagles.