Following an extremely busy summer and £35million worth of signings, West Ham’s squad is in better shape than ever.
It has been well documented, however, that Sam Allardyce is still keen on bringing in one more quality centre-half to ensure he has strength-in-depth in every position.
This could change if Winston Reid doesn’t sign a new contract, though, which would mean they will need to find two affordable, but competent centre-back replacements. Here we will take a look at five possible options for West Ham.
The Swansea defender has been a formidable force in the heart of the Welsh side’s defence for the past six years and has been in typically good form again this campaign.
The 30-year-old is an out-and-out defender, consistently winning tackles, intercepting opposition attacks and ensuring he is always in the right place to block or clear the ball to safety.
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He’d be a great acquisition for the Hammers and still has a good few years in him playing at the top level, but Swansea may be reluctant to sell.
The Aston Villa captain enjoyed a sensational World Cup in the summer helping to inspire his Netherlands team to a third place finish in Brazil.
He has propelled himself from nowhere into a position among the finest central defenders in football and, with his contract coming to its end next summer, he may be available at a good price in the January window.
The 29-year-old would certainly help sure up the Irons defence but with big-spending Manchester United reportedly interested they may be priced out of a move.
While Vertonghen may not be a popular choice among Hammers fans he is a great defender when played in his favoured centre-back role and is seemingly out-of-favour at White Hart Lane.
His technical ability is mightily impressive and that, along with his composure on the ball, would tie in well with the new passing style on show at Upton Park. The Belgium international is a solid defender, too, which is complimented by his good leadership qualities.
Whether or not Tottenham would sell him to their London rivals, though, is another matter entirely. I wouldn’t expect him to come cheap, either.
Morgan is a beast of a man and this been pivotal in the early stages of the season as Leicester have got re-accustomed to the top flight.
Captain Morgan has blocked more shots than anybody else in the division (17) thus far. The 30-year-old has also weighed in with 25 interceptions, further proving that he’s simply very good at getting in the way – an underrated quality for a defender.
West Ham may be able to acquire Morgan for a fair price and he would be a reliable addition to the squad; his performances are reminiscent of James Collins, and what striker would want to come up against two of him on a Saturday afternoon?
The FC Basel star is highly rated but injuries have seemingly put big clubs off of signing the 22-year-old despite his massive potential.
The Switzerland international provides a younger alternative to the Hammers but he boasts a wealth of experience at the top levels having played in the Champions League with Basel and in the latest World Cup.
Schar is big, strong, great in the air and has a good understanding of the game which makes him well suited to the Premier League. He may be an ambitious target but by no means is he out of West Ham’s reach, especially if they find themselves in a European place at the end of the season.
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