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David Moyes’ prime target

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David Moyes’ prime target

David Moyes is allegedly desperate to shore up his backline this January, with Wolverhampton Wanderers’ Max Kilman emerging as a prime target. The 26-year-old Englishman has impressed with his consistent performances for Wolves, earning Moyes’ admiration for his defensive prowess and potential.

Kilman has been a rock at the back for Wolves this season. His tackling (1.3 per game), interceptions (1.0), and clearances (4.6) paint a picture of a defender who reads the game well and snuffs out danger.

He’s not afraid to get physical, using his 6 foot four frame to dominate aerial duels, and is surprisingly adept at playing the ball out of defence (83% pass completion).

More than just stats, Kilman’s ability to adapt to different situations makes him a valuable asset. He can be aggressive when needed, clearing the ball when Wolves are under pressure, but also possesses the composure to build play from the back. His versatility extends to set-pieces, where his height makes him a threat in the opposition box.

Bringing Kilman to the London Stadium would bring several benefits to West Ham. He would add much-needed bite and competition for places in Moyes’ squad, potentially pushing existing players to perform at a higher level. His arrival could also solve West Ham‘s aerial vulnerability, giving them a reliable defender to win those crucial headers.

However, acquiring Kilman won’t be easy. His long-term contract at Wolves (until 2028) means West Ham will need to make a significant offer to tempt them to sell. Additionally, Kilman is a key player for Wolves, meaning they will be hesitant to let him go without a fight.

Despite the challenges, Kilman’s skillset and age make him a worthy target for West Ham. Signing him would not only address their immediate defensive needs but also provide a long-term solution for years to come. He’s the type of player Moyes can build a strong backline around, one that can help West Ham compete across all fronts.

Will Kilman end up in claret and blue? The January transfer window promises to be an exciting one for West Ham fans, and the saga of Max Kilman is surely one to watch closely.

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Hugh Southon is a lifelong Iron and the founding editor of ClaretandHugh. He is a national newspaper journalist of many years experience and was Bobby Moore's 'ghost' writer during the great man's lifetime. He describes ClaretandHugh as "the Hammers daily newspaper!"

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  • hammerpete6 says:

    Aren’t we supposed to be getting a striker? If we are short at the back, am I the only one to query moving Thilo on? Here we go again, Moyes only wants to trade centre backs!!

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