West Ham’s owners have Reading boss Jaap Stam on their radarby Jack Kitson / 27 March 2017, 11:29Tweet
Reading boss Jaap Stam could be set for a summer switch to West Ham, if tabloid talk is to be believed.
Hammers gaffer Slaven Bilic - 14/1 in the Sack Race - has come under-fire following a five game winless run, stretching back to early February.
Three defeats in a row certainly hasn’t helped his cause, with the recent 3-2 defeat at home to travel-shy Leicester a damaging blow.
West Ham’s leaky defence has been particularly porous, registering only one clean sheet in 13 matches, while they’ve conceded six in their last two games alone.
The club’s owners, who were reportedly not impressed with Bilic’s decision to go public on Dimitri Payet earlier in the year, have not exactly been full or praise of the 48-year-old and are now reportedly considering a change at the end of the season.
Bilic’s contract doesn’t expire until next summer, and at the time of writing it doesn’t appear that he’ll be offered a new one. Should West Ham decide to wield the axe, then it’s Dutchman Stam who is reportedly on their radar (Daily Mirror).
Stam has impressed since taking charge of Reading back in the summer. The Royals are currently 5th in the Championship, and while a top-2 finish is unlikely, they have a six-point cushion in the play-offs ahead of Fulham in 7th.
It’s difficult to see Stam leaving Reading should he lead the club up to the Premier League, however should the Royals remain in the second-tier, he’d no doubt be tempted to open talks with West Ham, especially given Reading's ownership issue, with a recent takeover falling through.