West Ham plot move for defensive ace with 31 caps

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West Ham United are facing a pivotal few weeks.

Last season nearly ended in disaster with the Hammers battling to avoid relegation until the final week of the campaign.

While a late run of form saw them to safety, the hope is that they can avoid such a battle this time around.

Unfortunately such a struggle is looking likely.

So far this summer the Irons have completed just one signing in the shape of former loan man Tomas Soucek.

Meanwhile they've lost several players including Albian Ajeti, Jordan Hugill and the Grady Diangana.

The winger completed a controversial move to West Brom - a decision that has been met with backlash from supporters and players alike.

Following an opening day defeat to Newcastle United in the league, the focus in east London has to be on strengthening the squad.

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Signing a left back is a priority for David Moyes, and according to reports they're targeting a move for a Premier League star.

The Athletic have claimed that West Ham are interested in Sead Kolasinac.

The Arsenal defender faces an uncertain future at the Emirates Stadium after falling out of favour under Mikel Arteta.

Valued at £14.4million by Transfermarkt, the 27-year-old made 32 appearances for the Gunners last term, meaning that he was a valuable member of the squad.

However with Kieran Tierney the club's first choice on the left side of defence, it means that opportunities could be limited this term.

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GIVEMESPORT'S Phil Spencer says...

This would be quite a coup for West Ham United.

David Moyes is keen to strengthen his squad with players who can help the club to move away from the relegation battle.

Sead Kolasinac would certainly fit the bill.

The Bosnian defender was an important part of Arsenal's plans last term, but he could be keen to move on with first team opportunities limited.

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That said, the Gunners might not want to sell.

But if West Ham United are keen to send a message to their supporters then it's in their best interests to try and get a deal done.

Fans are not happy at the moment, and I think that they need a signing or two to get excited about.

It could be a difficult season for the Hammers, but the more experience they have in the ranks, the better.

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