Journalist Paul Brown expects West Ham to try and sign another centre-back in January.
The Hammers have made a fine start to the season and sit fourth after 12 matches, but recently lost Angelo Ogbonna, who’s set for a lengthy spell on the sidelines after an ACL injury sustained against Liverpool earlier this month.
Therefore, with just three recognised senior centre-backs at his disposal, Brown has tipped David Moyes to try and bring in another when the window opens.
What are West Ham’s current options?
Moyes is not yet down to the bare bones, but with his side fighting on four fronts, three defenders wouldn’t appear enough, especially ahead of a hectic festive period and games in the Carabao Cup and Europa League to come before Christmas.
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Kurt Zouma is arguably West Ham’s best defender and is likely to remain ever-present, regardless of injuries elsewhere.
Beyond that, Moyes has Issa Diop, who’s yet to play a minute of Premier League football this season and Craig Dawson, who started last season in the Championship with Watford, but has proved a shrewd signing from the Hammers.
Dawson was starting every week until Zouma arrived and has replaced Ogbonna in the XI since his injury, which suggests he’s comfortably above Diop in the pecking order.
But with the FA Cup starting in January and European knockout stages the following month, Brown reckons that West Ham need another body to help those three with the workload.
What did Brown say?
He told GIVEMESPORT: “I think a more experienced defender could be quite useful to Moyes and do think they will try and get one.”
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Who are West Ham most likely to sign?
Moyes is most likely to have a list of targets, but based on previous links, James Tarkowski would be close to the top of that list.
Furthermore, the Burnley centre-back has just six months left on his contract, which means he could be available for a cut-price.
However, the Evening Standard believe that Burnley are still asking for £20m, which could price the Hammers out of a deal considering they could sign him for nothing at the end of the season.
But West Ham could also face competition for his signature, with Newcastle linked following their recent takeover.