Report: West Ham keen on FMR Red Bull Markus Holgersson

IMAGE, NEWYORKREDBULLS.COM

IMAGE, NEWYORKREDBULLS.COM

It looks like someone was paying attention to former New York Red Bulls centerback Markus Holgersson.

After a standout season in New York, Sports Direct News reports the 6’4″ Swedish defender is being eyed by Premier League side West Ham United. This after reportedly rejecting a move to floundering Championship side, Sheffield Wednesday.

The Hammers interest stems from a severe, injury induced depletion to their defensive corps. Holgersson, 28, could be a quick and affordable fix that can potentially address several positions. The once-capped Swedish international has been the Red Bulls most reliable defender over the past two seasons, starting in 63 of a possible 68 regular season matches. While a centerback with New York, Holgersson previously flourished as a right back in Helsingborgs, helping lead his side to a league title.

Holgersson became expendable this offseason as salary concerns forced Red Bull management to choose between the Swedish back, Jamison Olave (32) and Ibrahim Sekagya (33). With a year left on his guaranteed contract, Holgersson came to an agreement with the Red Bulls to sever his deal.

West Ham currently hold a tie breaker just outside of the relegation zone.