West Ham United are reportedly sounding out German manager Julian Nagelsmann as a replacement for Slaven Bilic should the Croatian be deemed surplus to requirements.

While Bilic is understood to have the backing of the West Ham board, a succession of poor results have seen pressure mount and speculation on his future amp up.

Nagelsmann may only be 30, but he has developed a reputation which belies his years since taking the reigns at Hoffenheim in February 2016, when he was just 28-years-old Having taken over with the club a place off the foot of the Bundesliga table, he won seven of his 14 matches in charge to guide Hoffenheim to safety.

Nagelsmann carried that form into a stellar 2016/17 campaign, which saw the club finish fourth and qualify for the Champions League for the first time in their history.

Bilic, meanwhile, has overseen a rocky spell at United in the past year as the club have struggled to adapt to life at London Stadium.

After finishing seventh in the 2015/16 season, the Hammers were embroiled in a relegation battle last season and ultimately finished 11th in the table.