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13th Dec, 2016 | 5:17pm

Why West Ham should buy this Liverpool outcast in January (not Sturridge)

COMMENT by Amir Mir

After a poor start to the Premier League season, West Ham require some bite and solidity in defence, else their early season woes will continue.

Slaven Bilic’s side will now enter an important festive period where they will play the likes of Burnley, Hull, Swansea and Leicester in December – all winnable fixtures.

However, their leaky defence is not providing the Hammers faithful with any confidence going into those crucial matches as they sit one place and one point above the relegation zone.

The Irons backline has been one of their main problems as they have produced relegation form for the first 15 games of the campaign.

They have shipped 31 goals during the first half of the season, only Hull who are in the relegation zone have conceded more.

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Liverpool outcast Mamadou Sakho would be an ideal fit for Bilic’s team when the transfer window opens next month as the Frenchman brings great quality and a wealth of experience to the table.

The 26-year-old has not featured for Jurgen Klopp’s side this term, as the German has opted to leave him out of his plans following a number of off-field issues.

Sakho was sent home during the Reds pre-season tour of the United States in the summer, with Klopp citing disciplinary issues as a reason for sending him home.

This most likely leaves the former PSG player free to leave next month as his club manager has stated he has no future left on Merseyside.

Bilic has used Winston Reid, James Collins, Angelo Ogbonna, Cheikhou Kouyate at centre-back, either in a back four or a back three.

Sakho’s ability to lead the defensive line and put in a hard tackle is what the east London club require for the second half of the campaign.

In other West Ham news, Slaven Bilic has stated that this playmaker was in his office on Monday for talks.