West Ham join Max Aarons’ suitors as full-back prepares for Norwich exit

West Ham are interested in signing Max Aarons this summer and the full-back has been told he can leave Norwich.

The Hammers love the 21-year-old as David Moyes plans for the future amid their top-four challenge, the PA news agency understood.

Championship leaders Sky Bet Norwich, who made an instant Premier League comeback on Saturday, will likely ask for £ 30million.

Aarons was told last summer that he would be cleared from Carrow Road this year and the Canaries are expected to keep their word.

Norwich wanted to keep him to increase their chances of promotion after finishing last in the Premier League last year.

The England Under-21 international would prefer to stay in the south, a blow to Everton’s hopes of signing him.

Tottenham have a long-term interest since Mauricio Pochettino was in charge and Jose Mourinho’s sacking on Monday is unlikely to change that. Barcelona tried to sign Aarons last year, while Roma were interested in January and Bayern Munich were also enthusiastic.

Aarons has made 127 appearances for Norwich, scoring four goals, since his debut in 2018 and helped them win the championship in 2019.

The Canaries are five points ahead of Watford at the top of the table with three games to go and missed the opportunity to clinch the title after losing 1-0 to the Hornets on Tuesday.

Emi Buendia, who has scored 13 goals this season – including in Saturday’s 3-1 loss to Bournemouth – is also likely to be called in after Arsenal’s interest last year.

The promotion triggers Ben Gibson’s £ 8million permanent transfer from Burnley after the defender was on loan at the start of the season, while Greek left-back Dimitris Giannoulis will also complete his transfer from PAOK after a loan spell .

Norwich have to offload Josip Drmic who, now that his promotion has been secured, will see his weekly salary drop to around £ 50,000, although he has not played for the club since July. The striker has been loaned to Croatian side Rijeka since February.

Midfielders Moritz Leitner and Tom Trybull, who has been loaned to Blackburn, are also not in the Canaries’ plans.

They continued to suffer a financial blow after failing to move Leitner forward as Blackburn paid a measly £ 2,000 a week for Trybull’s salary.

Defender Timm Klose has been loaned to Basel and is also not part of boss Daniel Farke’s plans.

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