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West Ham Shift Defensive Focus After Bruno

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West Ham United are wasting no time in addressing their defensive needs following the collapse of negotiations for Brazilian defender Fabricio Bruno, according to an inside source at the club.

Technical director Tim Steidten is not dwelling on the failed Bruno transfer. Hammers News reports that Steidten has alternative targets in mind and is actively pursuing them.

West Ham are reportedly turning their attention to Jacob Greaves, a highly-rated centre-back currently playing for Hull City in the Championship. Links between West Ham and Greaves have been circulating for the past two months.

The Hammers view strengthening their defense as a top priority this summer transfer window. Several factors contribute to this urgency: Kurt Zouma’s injuries, Nayef Aguerd’s desire to leave, Angelo Ogbonna’s contract situation, and Konstantinos Mavropanos’ inconsistent performances.

West Ham seem to be adopting a more proactive approach compared to David Moyes‘ drawn-out pursuit of Harry Maguire last summer. By quickly shifting their focus to other options like Greaves, they demonstrate a willingness to explore alternatives.

At 23 years old, Greaves fulfills the homegrown player requirement and has established himself as a top defender in the Championship. His potential echoes the successful signing of Jarrod Bowen, another player West Ham acquired from Hull City.

West Ham’s swift change in strategy highlights their commitment to addressing their defensive frailties. While missing out on Bruno is a setback, their focus on securing a promising young talent like Greaves suggests a determined approach to reshaping their backline.

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  • Hammeroo says:

    It sounds like Jacob Greaves would be the better option. He’d have former Hull star Jarrod Bowen for company and advice. Bruno seems like a risk with his wife expecting a child and also him wanting a bigger salary than what’s been offered. So who actually went to Brazil to finalise the contract – was it Tim Steidten?

    • Bondsy says:

      Do we really believe Sullivan and Brady will not try to lower wages, pay over 4 years, try loan deals first and basically scare off our targets as the transfer window closes?
      They will then come out with statements saying we tried our hardest!!!

  • SydneyC says:

    Greaves appears the more sensible option. Always thought that a 26 yr old Brazilian defender with a couple of caps was a bit of a punt. However, since it looks like we will have a whole new central defence it seems prudent to bring in a reliable quality veteran defender or two to play alongside some youngsters. I think our season will depend on the success of this defensive rebuild.

  • Jeeps says:

    Without going to expense of Marc Guehi, Max Kilman will give experience.
    Jacob Greaves/Archie Brown/Leif Davis/Luis Brown can offer cover in different positions.
    Already associated with whu Luis Brown is a freebie.
    All players being English.

  • Mark Fletcher says:

    Let the transfer circus begin 🤡

  • Pete says:

    All we keep getting is this one signing and that ones singing. By the time the session starts we have spent 100 million. It’s all talk no action.

    • SydneyC says:

      Just like every other club. Read any other clubs fan forums and you see the same complaints about late signings. Need to keep in mind the signings window isn’t open yet and most stories you read about West Ham signing someone (including this site) are made up.
      Have a drink, sit back and relax. It’s going to be a long West Ham summer.

    • Hammeroo says:

      And we all know it’s not over until the fat lady sings! (or signs)

  • Pongo says:

    Yet another west ham fail in the transfer market, false hopes and promises yet again, im just waiting for the bargain buys and the widow t****y to arrive as our new captain because seriously that’s what we should be expecting

  • De says:

    Little faith guys and I’m surprised really, we have a totally different set up at work here with all parties seemingly pulling in the same direction, I would expect this attitude last season and if things were the same I would join in coz we all knew what would happen before it did, but it’s all change isn’t it? And I really trust Steidten to do the deal if he thinks it’s the right deal, I’m certainly glad he can change his mind if he thinks he’s offered a fair contract and the player just sees £’s in front of his eyes. I’m still very positive.

  • Billboy says:

    Another waste of time, going to buy everybody, end up with nobody. Nothing changes all talk no action. Underwhelmed with it all.

  • Hammers54 says:

    Yeah can’t add to that totally agree coyi

  • David says:

    Would,could, interested, all conjecture.
    Just tell us who you have signed and position.

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