By George Brooks

West Ham United will join the race to sign highly-rated Reading defender Liam Moore in the January transfer window, according to a report.

The Daily Mail claim that the Hammers are one of a number of clubs keen on landing the player with their new boss David Moyes looking to improve his defence.

Celtic, Stoke and West Brom are also understood to be interested in the defender.

Moore has made 58 appearances for Jaap Stam’s Reading since his move from Leicester last year.

This season he has made 15 Championship appearances, scoring two goals and adding two assists.

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West Ham currently have the worst defensive record in the Premier League with 23 goals conceded, so it’s no surprise that Moyes is looking to improve the defence he inherited from former boss Slaven Bilic. Moore would be a good attention to the Hammers’ back-line with Moyes looking to add more youth and depth to his defence. The 24-year-old is primarily a central defender but can also put in a shift at right-back when needed. He enjoyed a phenomenal first season at the Madejski Stadium and made more blocks than any other player in the Championship last campaign. West Ham could be a good move for the Moore, but with the Hammers struggling in the Premier League and Scottish champions Celtic also interested, he may favour a move elsewhere.

In other West Ham news, Mark Noble has taken time to address Bilic’s departure from the club, ahead of Moyes’ first game in charge on Sunday.

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