Hammers identify Villa target

West Ham have made a surprise loan offer for Aston Villa defender Micah Richards on transfer deadline day.

West Ham: Hammers identify Villa targetWest Ham: Hammers identify Villa target

The former England defender has emerged as a target for boss Slaven Bilic as he looks for cover at right-back, as he only has the relatively untested youngster Sam Byram at his disposal.

West Ham want the former Manchester City man on loan but Villa are thought to be keen on a permanent transfer.

Meanwhile, Italy international defender Angelo Ogbonna has been linked with a deadline day move to Chelsea.

But West Ham want the former Juventus star to stay and a switch to Stamford Bridge for the centre-back looks unlikely at this late stage, with Bilic having little time to sign a replacement.

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