HAMMERS loan manager Carlton Cole believes West Ham would be the "right place" for Kyle Walker-Peters to "grow."

The Saints full-back has been linked with a move to the London Stadium, with Flynn Downes potentially coming in the opposite direction.

Two-time England international Walker-Peters has entered the final 12 months of his contract and could be moved on to avoid losing him on a free transfer.

Southampton have reportedly agreed a deal for AZ Alkmaar and Japan right-back Yukinari Sugawara, who is set for a medical.

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Speaking to Gambling.com, retired striker Cole said: “I’ve always been a big fan of Walker-Peters even though he is ex-Spurs.

“He has always shown promise, is a fantastic talent and is a great defender. I really like the link with him so hopefully he sees the value in coming to West Ham.

"He just needs somewhere to grow and I think West Ham is the right place for him.”

Saints manager Russell Martin and captain Jack Stephens led a 'one more year' chant aimed at Walker-Peters at the St Mary's promotion party.

The 27 year old played all but three league fixtures last season as Saints sealed promotion back to the Premier League via the playoffs.