The West Ham United fans in the Transfer Tavern are wondering who will come in this January to solve their problem positions. With the club hovering just above the relegation zone, it is clear that January additions would be welcome at The London Stadium. David Moyes is already said to be scouring the transfer market for possible incoming players with centre back and centre midfield being the priority positions which need strengthening.
In central midfield, Cheikhou Kouyate, Pedro Obiang and Mark Noble have all blown hot and cold for the Hammers this term and a new face in the middle of the park could increase competition for places. The likes of Harry Arter, Jonjo Shelvey, Joe Allen and Steven N’Zonzi have been discussed by the Hammers who prop up our bar.
Meanwhile, with Jose Fonte out with a long-term injury, it could be time for the Irons to add a fresh face to their centre back options – especially with James Collins entering the final years of his career.
But perhaps West Ham’s answer is right in front of them. Reece Oxford could be the man to save West Ham’s season.
The 19-year-old spent the first half of the season on loan at Borussia Monchengladbach where he waited a long time for first-team opportunities before impressing when called upon. Gladbach want him permanently but the Hammers have recalled the England under-20 star after four games for the Bundesliga side.
Oxford is able to play as a centre back or as a defensive midfielder and his presence in either position would boost Moyes’ options. He is 6ft 3in tall and confident with the ball at his feet, making him an ideal candidate in either position for West Ham.
If West Ham place their faith in their academy product and reward him with first-team opportunities, they could see an upturn in results at The London Stadium.