Manchester United captain Antonio Valencia

West Ham linked with shock move for Manchester United defender

West Ham are interested in signing Manchester United captain Antonio Valencia when the veteran’s contract expires next summer.

The 33-year-old is in the final year of his current deal, with no renewal forthcoming and the full-back will be free to talk to foreign clubs over a move in January.

According to The Sun West Ham are keen to bolster their full-back options this summer with Pablo Zabaleta set to retire at the season’s end, and have targeted Valencia as a low-cost option.

The Ecuadorian full-back has been with United since 2009, making nearly 250 league appearances for the club, but has fallen out-of-favour this season with manager Jose Mourinho questioning the player’s fitness.

According to the Sun’s source, officials at Old Trafford are yet to decide on Valencia’s future, but with doubts surrounding both his recent form and fitness, the former Wigan Athletic player may be set to become available on a free transfer this summer.

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