Hammers close to Luke Young signing
West Ham will sign Luke Young in January to help shore up a leaky defence.
The former England man has been first-choice right back at Aston Villa this season, but Gerard Houllier is ready to let him go for a nominal fee.
Versatile Young is likely to play at left back when he joins the London club.
Meanwhile West Ham co-owner David Gold believes the club’s fortunes will now change for the better after agreeing a deal to sign Steve Sidwell from Aston Villa.
The midfielder is set to join in the New Year as the Hammers look to bolster their squad in a bid to avoid relegation.
The Hammers claimed a crucial victory at Fulham on Boxing Day to climb off the bottom of the Premier League.
Manager Avram Grant insisted afterwards that the win, which was achieved despite the absence of 10 first-team players through injury and suspension, proves the club have a bright future beyond this season’s survival battle.
‘We want to continue the direction of the club with young players,’ said Grant, whose team included 21-year-old Freddie Sears, making his first Premier League start since March 2009 after being recalled early from a loan spell at Scunthorpe.
‘We played with three players under 21 and even one came on as a sub for the last three minutes. We are very pleased that we won but we also continued with our vision.’