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Report: Hammers eye central defensive target

West Ham are claimed to have identified a potential central defensive recruit in the winter window.

The manager has made it clear that much is going to depend on Kurt Zouma’s likely return which some are predicting could be as soon as the end of this month.

But in the meantime – according to The Athletic, per Hammers News, David Moyes is set to go shopping in one of his favourite areas – the Championship!

Moderate RaterWord is that he – along presumably with chief scout Rob Newman  – is keen to recruit Queens Park Rangers giant Rob Dickie.

If one wanted to be cynical a new central defender to perhaps replace Issa Diop wouldn’t be a bad idea anyway given the Frenchman’s current form.

Dickie stands at 6ft 4in and has been in deeply impressive form for the south west London outfit where he has already made 23 appearances this season.

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He is a typical a Moyes type player – very uncompromising and a strong tackler.



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2 comments on “Report: Hammers eye central defensive target

  1. Agree with you, Hugh, on the need to replace Diop, and to improve the strength in depth at the centre of defence. But, let’s face it, it’s not just Diop’s current form that’s a problem. He’s had one or two decent runs in the teams that have been error-free, and he’s popped up with the odd goal here and there. But there’s the ever present rsk of a mistake with him and he very rarely looks composed either with or off the ball. At £23m he’s been poor value for money, especially when compared to Dawson. He’s not young any more, and so can’t be excused as one for the future – Baptiste, potentially, is the one for the future. The fact that Moyes trusts Diop only as fourth choice centre back suggests, unless he’s willing and able to make significant improvements to his game, his time is nearly up at West Ham. I won’t be sorry to see him go.

  2. To add to the comments, very concerned about the form of another alleged target James Tarkowski!
    His error ridden display last night would be a major concern at the moment!

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