Filed: Friday, 8th June 2012
By: Staff Writer
West Ham have made an enquiry into the availability of Charlton Player of the Year Chris Solly.
The 21-year-old right-sided defender was a regular fixture in Chris Powell's League One-winning side last season and made 48 appearances for the Addicks as they romped to the third division title.
KUMB.com understands that the Hammers approached Athletic earlier in the week with view to taking Solly on a permanent basis - however Charlton are keen on taking the out-of-favour Sam Baldock to the Valley in part-exchange.
Rochester-born Solly made his debut for Charlton at the age of 18 on the final day of the 2008/09 season, but it was only when regular right-back Carl Jenkinson fell out of favour in March 2011 that he became a regular member of the first team.
Also named as Young Player of the Year by the club's management team, Solly is the first Charlton player to win both accolades in the same season since Addicks legend Richard Rufus back in 1995.
Meanwhile the Hammers are understood to have been similarly frustrated in their purported interest in Crystal Palace winger Wilfred Zaha.
The highly-rated 19-year-old is said to have been the target of interest from West Ham but Palace are not thought to be interested in parting company with the Ivorian unless a substantial transfer fee is involved.
Zaha, who had been watched by a number of Premier League teams in recent months is understood to be valued around the £10million mark by the Palace board.
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