Hammers hunt is on


West Ham are making quick-fire moves to find a central defender!

The club have a defensive crisis on their hands after the first game of the season which demands they try to get a player in for the weekend game at Palace.

With James Collins unavailable after being sent off against Spurs at the weekend and James Tomkins sidelined with a niggling problem, Sam Allardyce already has problems.

He could move midfielder powerhouse Cheikou ¬†Kouyate into the back four e but such was his performance against the north Londoners in midfield that would be an option he doesn’t want to take.

A source told ClaretandHugh: “The hunt is on for a central defender either on a permanent or loan basis.

“Losing James Collins at the weekend and having James on the sidelines we have a problem we must deal with quickly.”

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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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  • New606 says:

    Sam said he needed a centre back Weeks ago and the owners derided him, now it’s a crisis all the best ones will be gone

  • conkerpot says:

    Yes big Sam said he wanted another defender for cover in this situation. The owners probably though oh well kouyate can play in defence in an emergency. However one of the reasons kouyate came to us is because Sam was able to promise him midfield role which is his preferred position. There is of course always Reece Burke.

  • Michael Miller says:

    What ‘Relegation’ Roger Johnson up to?

  • firefigterx says:

    Hope they dont move Kouate from midfield ! thought he was a revelation Saturday. Maybe this is a blessing in disguise I’ve been a ginge fan for a long time but i think hes had it to be honest. What a stupid tackle got him sent off and i think his legs are gone.. Why not Blood Burke what we got to loose. and theres no money for any others Spoke to Sullivan in the car park and he said the best we could expect was loan deals.

  • massiveslag says:

    Why we didn’t remedy this earlier in the summer I don’t know. Collins makes at least one serious mistake per game, Tomkins is prone to injury and Reid is yet to sign a contract. We should be looking to acquire young talent such as Rudiger and Eder Balanta – 2 CB’s with huge futures ahead of them and both available for less than 10 million apiece.

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