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Hammers boss Sam Allardyce is keen to freshen up his back-line and has identified the Tottenham defender as a potential summer target

By Harry Sherlock

Tottenham defender Kyle Naughton is a potential summer transfer target for West Ham.

The Hammers are keen to reinforce their back-line when the transfer window reopens and are currently on the hunt for a long-term replacement for 32-year-old right-back Guy Demel.

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The Ivory Coast international has impressed for the club this season and shows no signs of slowing down, but boss Sam Allardyce is keen to inject some youth into his back-line – with Naughton top of his shortlist.

The 25-year-old has privately expressed his frustrations at being played out of position at left-back for the majority of this season – much like central defender Jan Vertonghen – and is believed to be open to the idea of leaving White Hart Lane.

However, current manager Tim Sherwood deployed Naughton at right-back in the 1-0 defeat to Arsenal on Sunday and is keen to blood English talent.

Club chairman Daniel Levy would also be loath to lose a player to a London rival and would play hard-ball with Upton Park chiefs David Gold and David Sullivan were they to bid for the player.

On top of interest in Naughton, Hammers scouts have also watched Chelsea full-back Ryan Bertrand with the view of using him in a similar role.

Bertrand is currently on loan at Aston Villa but Blues chief Jose Mourinho claimed recently that the Englishman remained a part of his plans.

Nevertheless, West Ham are casting their net wide and are prepared to bid for the 24-year-old at the end of the season, should their move for Naughton fail.

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