The People

Hammers go Isco dancing

- Chris Hatherall

WEST HAM are early favourites to sign Isco now Real Madrid have decided to put the attacking midfielder up for sale in January.

The 29-year-old is not in Real boss Carlo Ancelotti’s plans and has not played for the Spanish giants since September.

Contact has already been made with the Hammers – while Leeds have also been sounded out.

Isco has a contract until June and Real hope to claw back around £3-4million, rather than lose him for free then.

Alternativ­ely, they may be open to a loan until the summer with West Ham paying the player’s wages in full.

Isco, capped 38 times by Spain, is also being offered to La Liga clubs but prefers a new challenge in England. He has already rejected offers from Asia.

West Ham’s continued interest may depend on how discussion­s on a deal to bring Jesse Lingard back to east London from Manchester United fare.

Manager David Moyes is unlikely to sign both playmakers and Lingard’s negotiatio­ns on a new contract at Old Trafford have stalled.

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