West Ham’s right-back misery sends them to arch rival’s door

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There is little denying that on full name alone, Mahlon Beresford Baker Romeo is Premier League quality.

But if reports of West Ham closing in on the Millwall defender’s signature are true, it’ll likely be a signing made with the future in mind.

The 21-year-old right back is raw to say the least, having made just 34 senior appearances in his career to date.

Despite that, the Hammers see enough in the Antigua and Barbuda international to warrant a Daily Mirror article declaring a potential £1.5m move.

Romeo was on Arsenal’s books as a youth player, but quickly switched to Gillingham in the pursuit of regular football.

When that didn’t arrive on the Kent coast either, the man with seven caps for the Benna Boys took off on a return to London.

It wasn’t until last season, with Millwall, that Romeo experienced consistent league football and ended up playing over 1,500 minutes for Neil Harris that term.

He has already racked up close to 1,200 this season and has registered one assist for the League One club in his 13 appearances thus far.

The Mirror say West Ham have sent scouts to watch Romeo on three separate occasions this season.

Transactions between the two arch London rivals are extremely rare, but right back has been a huge problem for Slaven Bilic this season, with Sam Byram, Michail Antonio and Alvaro Arbeloa all trialled in the role already.

With none of those doing enough to impress, it seems the Croatian is willing to see if Millwall can solve his problem.

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