By Noel Whelan

15th Jan, 2022 | 9:06am

West Ham will be 'working' to sign 'superstar' defender after manager reveal - pundit

Noel Whelan has suggested West Ham could sign a “superstar” defender to add cover and competition to the squad this month.

The former Leeds striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, insisted David Moyes would not bring in a player solely to make up the numbers.

Speaking to the media on Tuesday (11 January), Moyes revealed the Irons are still in the market for defensive cover despite Kurt Zouma’s impending return from injury.

Whelan insisted West Ham need reinforcements at the back this month.

However, he suggested Moyes could recruit someone to battle for a starting role than simply as backup.

“David Moyes is not going to rock the boat by bringing just anybody in,” Whelan told Football Insider’s Russell Edge.

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“He’s a manager that will not just go out there and fill a space for the sake of it. He knows himself it’s got to be the right person, the right player, the right character.

“That’s probably more important than talent at times, that you get the right character that blends well with the players.

“Moyes is one of these men that knows what he wants. He will make sure that he gets the right player that fits in well with the rest of the team on and off the field.

“I’m sure they’re working hard behind the scenes. You don’t want to be left bare in any position.

“They could sign a superstar and international player, players know they’re going to have to fight for their place. It’s called healthy competition.”

Zouma’s absence has meant Issa Diop and Craig Dawson have been the Hammers’ only available senior centre-backs recently.

Angelo Ogbonna is likely to be out for the season after suffering a knee injury.

In other news, Premier League star keen to re-join West Ham after talks held.