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Hammers ready for £18m central defender move

West Ham’s interest in moving for Jonny Evans is growing daily as West Brom head for what looks an inevitable relegation.

David Moyes has had the highly rated former Manchester United central defender on his list of targets for several months once the Hammers are free of any lingering relegation worries.

And Evans – with just a year left on his contract – will not want Championship football and could be available at around £18 million unless – as rumoured – there is a relegation clause included in his contract which could make it a lot cheaper.

There was interest in the January window from a  number of clubs but the player chose to remain at the Hawthorns and try to help the Baggies through their desperate relegation battle.

At 30 there will be little sell on value in the player but the Northern Ireland international is likely to want a four year deal.

ClaretandHugh was told there is definite interest from Moyes with a source adding: “But that at this stage the big issue is ensuring our own Premier League status.”

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6 comments on “Hammers ready for £18m central defender move

  1. Does it have to be £18million, with only 1 year left on his contract? £10 million sounds more like it, so offer £5 million.
    Would be a decent enough signing given his experience, and the fact that we are now weak in that position.
    Ginge looks to be at the end, and Reid is always injured, Ogbonna still worries me. It doesn’t leave much and we don’t want to spend half our budget on CB.

  2. A very good prem defender and one that i had on my wish list for the club to enquire about as well as Jones, Smalling, Mawson & Joel Ward. The only thing that worries me are the figures. 18mil for a 30 yr old is a bit too much for me especially if he wants a 4yr deal, he’s obviously looking after his own interests and no one can blame him for that but…. he doesn’t have the best of injury records and he will be the same age as Ginge is now when that contract is up. Is he still going to be as reliable??

    He is on 45k a week now so will probably want 60/70k on a 4yr contract. I’m afraid the numbers don’t add up for me. 50/55k on a 3yr contract would be a more attractive option but would he accept that? A lot of clubs i imagine will be in the same boat, even though he would be a sought after commodity, i can see him going to Liecester or Everton where the money is not as much of a problem.

  3. Yeah, let’s blow the thick end of £20m on another player the wrong side of 30, with no sell on value and who will want a contract way beyond his useful shelf life.

    Will we ever learn?

    • Nope we won’t, I remember 3-4 years back a statement from the club “we were not going to sign anyone over 27-28 unless a special player came along, or did I get it wrong, was it under 27-28?

  4. Another aging defender. Short term waste of money. No thanks

    We need to getting scouting for some younger defenders outside the pl who have a good chance of improving. Not a soon to be relegated expensive journeyman who’s only going to become less of a player.

  5. No,no no thanks .If Carlton Cole and Johnny Spector could walk rings around him in 2010 League cup semi then …

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