ExWHUemployee has revealed West Ham United could “quite possibly” delve into the January transfer market after Kurt Zouma’s injury, writes the WestHamZone.
Zouma is set to spend time on the sidelines after the club confirmed (24 November) the 28-year-old has undergone surgery on a long-standing knee problem.
Ex has since suggested the injury blow could well force David Moyes’ hand in the winter window, with another central defender potentially on the agenda.
“Quite possibly [force Moyes’ hand in January]. Although realistically we do have 4 centre-backs with Dawson, Ogbonna, Aguerd and Kehrer (although he had been playing right back). Cresswell and Johnson have also covered there too,” he said (West Ham Way, 27 November).
“It would mean that if Kehrer does switch back to a centre-back, Johnson, Coufal and possibly even Ashby (although I do suspect he could go in January still-as covered in previous articles) now have the motivation to establish themselves as right-backs.”
With Zouma likely to be out for a large part of the season it would not be a surprise to see Moyes make a move in the January window. Craig Dawson is looking increasingly likely to leave the club and this could well lead the Scot to add another defender to his ranks.
Nayef Aguerd is slowly getting there in terms of his fitness and performance, with his participation at the World Cup likely to get him completely up to speed. The Moroccan is likely to be one of Moyes’ first choices when fully fit, so another backup defender could well be an option for Moyes to look at.