Chelsea and West Ham tracking Gent left-back Brown

Chelsea and West Ham are tracking Gent's Archie Brown with a view to a potential summer move for the English defender, according to The Guardian.

The 21-year-old left Derby for Lausanne three years ago and could return to England after impressing in Belgium with Gent this season.

Brown began his career as a left winger but has made strong progress since moving to left-back and left wing-back, and could be included in England's U21 squad this month.

Chelsea and West Ham have been monitoring Brown, who is valued at about £15m, but there could be competition from Juventus, AC Milan, Lyon and Nice.

Chelsea are likely to want cover for Ben Chilwell, their first-choice left-back. They hope to sell Marc Cucurella, who has struggled since his £62m move from Brighton in 2022, and Ian Maatsen, who is on loan at Borussia Dortmund, while Lewis Hall is expected to make his loan to Newcastle permanent.

West Ham have favoured Emerson Palmieri at left-back this season but the Italy international could do with a younger back-up. Aaron Cresswell, Emerson’s deputy, is 34 and almost joined Wolves last summer.