Centre Back City!

What is it with West Ham and centre backs? One minute there is a paucity and then the next minute a proliferation, just like London buses or in some cases London policemen, they tend to appear in threes, just as is happening at the London Stadium at this moment in time.

It should be remembered that less than 12 months ago Hammers were attempting to 'lure' Burnley's 29 year old James Tarkowski to East London for an eye watering £30 Million! Eventually even that figure wasn't enough for those in power at Turf Moor, their relative greed will probably be haunting them now.

Instead David Moyes elected to bring 'Les' Dawson to the club on loan from Watford, Dawson being 18 months older than Tarkowski was a cheaper option, however he has proved to be an astute signing who's loan deal is due to be made permanent for a bargain £3.5 Million, which includes his original loan fee.

In addition to 'Les', Hammers have the venerable 'Angel of the East' Angelo Ogbonna, soon to return from injury, a resurgent Issa Diop and the option to extend Fabian Balbuena's contract by a further two years. The encouraging news for the coming months is that youngster Jamal Baptiste, along with recent signing Frederik Alves are ear marked for greater things, meaning that Hammers are very well placed for centre backs ahead of the new season.

We nearly forgot, there is also the matter of Winston Reid, the 'warrior' who is fighting his way back to full match fitness while on loan with promotion chasing Brentford, his future may well lay elsewhere, once proven to be fit again is a useful asset to have.

One hole plugged then, now all Moyes has to do, apart from making 'Les's' deal permanent is to find q couple of strikers, an additional full back and a strong box to box midfielder to assist and compliment Hammers' midfield dynamic 'Rice & Potato Salad' combination.

Not a tall order then, and David Moyes also has to negotiate the 'tricky' transfer of Jesse Lingard now that the attacking players 'bad parent' club have finally woken up to his potential, and the fact that they have Hammers exactly where they want them when it comes to naming their price for the 28 year old who has shone so brightly since arriving in January. - Ed



nice position to be in ....makes a change .Agree it would be great to sign Jessie but if the price is to high then maybe we will have to look else where ....up the hammers

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Who had made the left sided midfield spot his own imo. Which means Jesse, Fornals, Manu, Benrahma will all be fighting for the same spot. Anderson will go, would like Yarma to stay. A couple of decent strikers, cover for Cresswell and a manager with ambitions to attack and we're done

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