By Noel Whelan

23rd Nov, 2021 | 12:09pm

West Ham tipped to seal January deal for Ogbonna replacement after talks update from Germany - pundit

West Ham manager David Moyes will be “hard at work” to find cover for injured defender Angelo Ogbonna, according to Noel Whelan.

The former Leeds striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, insisted the Hammers will need to bring in “quality” to continue to compete across three competitions this season.

As reported by German outlet Sport1 (November 19th), West Ham have held talks with the representatives of Hertha Berlin centre-back Niklas Stark.

The report indicates that the Hammers want to sign the Germany international during the winter window, which opens in just over a month.

Stark, 26, is out of contract at the Olympiastadion next summer.

Ogbonna suffered an anterior cruciate ligament injury during West Ham’s 3-2 win over Liverpool earlier this month and will miss the rest of the season.

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The Italian confirmed on Saturday (November 20th) that he has successfully undergone surgery on his injured knee.

Whelan claimed Stark could “fit the bill” as an Ogbonna replacement.

“You can’t foresee injuries, but when you do get them, you have to be able to replace these key players,” he told Football Insider‘s Ewan Kingsbury.

“Ogbonna is obviously a long-term injury so they will need to bring in quality as cover, and Stark certainly fits the bill as a Germany international.

“David Moyes will be hard at work now to find potential incomings.

“They’re fighting at the top of the league, in the League Cup, and also in the Europa League. They need to bring some cover in or things could go wrong.”

Stark has made 11 appearances in the Bundesliga this season.

West Ham sit fourth in the league with 23 points after 12 games.

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