By George Brooks
The new West Ham manager David Moyes wants to make Brighton defender Lewis Dunk his first signing at the club, according to a report.
The Mirror claim that Moyes, who replaced former boss Slaven Bilic last week, has identified the centre-back as the player to solve the club’s defensive problems.
Brighton would demand a “huge” fee for the 25-year-old, who signed a new five-year contract in the summer.
Dunk has been a standout player for Brighton in the Premier League this season, forming a strong central-defensive partnership with Shane Duffy.
Moyes’ first game is charge of West Ham is against Watford in the Premier League on Sunday.
Football Insider verdict:
West Ham certainly need to improve their defence in January and there is no doubt that Dunk would be a good addition to their backline. The Hammers have the worst defensive record in the Premier League this season with 23 goals conceded. Dunk is a no-nonsense defender, strong in the tackle and good in the air. He would bring some much-needed confidence and assurance to the Hammers’ shaky and venerable defence. He would is leader and would definitely be a good signing for Moyes but with five years left on his contract, West Ham will probably have to massively overpay to get their man.