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West Ham turn attention to Philipp Wollscheid

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West Ham have enquired about the availability of giant Bayer Leverkusen defender Philipp Wollscheid, according to the Daily Mail.

Earlier in the summer Leverkusen confirmed they would be willing to listen to offers for the German international and the Hammers have now emerged as contenders to capture the towering centre-back.

Experience

The 25-year-old signed for Leverkusen in 2012 from FC Nurnberg and played 24 times last season, helping them to a fourth place finish in the Bundesliga.

Wollscheid was much more prominent in the Leverkusen team a season earlier, when he played 31 Bundesliga matches, but was moved down the pecking order after the arrival of Emir Spahic and as a result may be open to a move away.

He has experience in the Champions League and has claimed two caps for the German national side, but has found it difficult to break into a side that already boasts a crop of top quality defenders.

Potential

Standing at 6ft 4in the German is an intimidating figure and can be a great asset to his team in both penalty areas.

He is strong, powerful and a good reader of the game which are all traits that should stand him in good stead if he was to make a switch to the Premier League.

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His lack of pace is his only foible and one that could well be exposed in England where the game is played at a great intensity.

However, as we have seen with Per Mertesacker at Arsenal, his positional sense and ability to spot and extinguish danger before it develops can at times appease the lack of agility.

Other interest

Wollscheid has been linked with a number of Premier League clubs this summer, primarily Hull City and Southampton - but the two are now thought to be focused on other targets, leaving the door open for West Ham.

Hull are set to sign Michael Dawson from Spurs while Southampton want Toby Alderweireld from Spanish champions Atletico Madrid.

The Hammers are keen to recruit another defender in order to bolster their back-line and have also been linked with a possible move for out of favour Manchester City man Micah Richards.

However a loan deal for Wollscheid may be a more attractive option to a cash-struck West Ham, who have already forked out a sizeable amount this summer on reinvigorating their strike force. 

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