West Ham United are plotting a swoop for Manchester United defender Antonio Valencia next summer, according to reports.
The 33-year-old is due to become a free agent next summer and no plans are currently in place to award him a new deal.
The Hammers defender Pablo Zabaleta is considering retiring in the summer. And that has seemingly left Manuel Pellegrini considering potential targets.
Man United boss Jose Mourinho has not been impressed with Valencia, seemingly hinting that he will not be offered a new deal at Old Trafford, with Pellegrini said to be a massive fan of the defender.
The Sun claims a United source said, "The club are still deciding what to do with Antonio and his future. He has played a few times this season, but has struggled with injuries and his form hasn't been great.
"Him and Jose [Mourinho] haven't seen eye-to-eye at times this season and it might be the end for him here, but we will see."
Valencia have featured in nearly 250 Premier League matches for United, and have scored 17 goals in nine years at the Old Trafford.
United continue to maintain their interest in the Galatasaray young star, Ozan Kabak, along with Mourinho's desire to strengthen his defense options. The 18-year-old player impressed the talent monitors this season.
Manchester United failed to sign big stars in summer transfer window, leaving United boss Mourinho frustrated.
"We shoot ourselves so many times during the season. That is really difficult," Mourinho said.
"Big soul by the players, fantastic attitude from the first minute. Many players in difficulties, some good performances, some players in difficulty.
"Diogo Dalot the first start, Marcos Rojo the first minutes, Matteo Darmian the third start, Eric Bailly doesn't play for a couple of months, Chris Smalling, a brave guy to play with such difficulties - the boys left their souls.
"And when sometimes people speak about quality… [sighs]. We should win game we made two big mistakes for their goals."
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