West Ham United are aiming to bolster their team after qualifying for the Europa League this season, thanks to their first trophy win in 43 years.
Declan Rice’s impending £105 million move to Arsenal, which is only being held up by the finer details of when the money will be paid, is likely to fuel substantial activity transfer in the window, with West Ham also searching for reinforcements in defense, midfield and attack.
According to 90min, West Ham’s intentions include potentially signing two wingers, the first of whom might be Barnes from recently relegated Leicester.
Last season, the 25-year-old scored a career-high 13 Premier League goals but was unable to keep Leicester from slipping to the second tier, just seven years after they spectacularly won the crown.
Newcastle, Aston Villa and Tottenham have all expressed interest in Barnes, but 90min understands that West Ham are in advanced talks with Leicester about a move to the London Stadium.
Barnes’ signing would give great depth to David Moyes as he looks to improve on West Ham’s dismal Premier League performance last season, which saw them win the Europa League but lose 20 of their 38 games en route to a 14th-place finish.
Leicester City have already sold James Maddison to Tottenham Hotspur in a deal costing up to £45 million, but West Ham will hope a move for Barnes, who has one England international cap, can be completed for less.