The Lowdown: Reinforcements needed
With summer signing Nayef Aguerd sustaining an ankle injury during the Irons’ pre-season defeat against Rangers, not to mention Issa Diop being on the verge of joining Premier League rivals Fulham, it’s no secret that David Moyes needs to bolster his defensive ranks.
Sheth recently claimed that the Hammers held initial talks over a potential move with the 25-year-old Kehrer, who has entered the final year of his contract with the Ligue 1 giants, and it looks like a switch to the London Stadium could well be on the cards.
The Latest: West Ham make Kehrer offer
Taking to Twitter, the Sky Sports journalist has now confirmed that West Ham have submitted an official proposal in an attempt to secure Kehrer’s services. He wrote:
“West Ham United have made an offer to sign PSG defender Thilo Kehrer. West Ham are awaiting a response. They have other options they will pursue if they can’t reach an agreement with PSG.”
The Verdict: Diop replacement
If the Irons do manage to get this deal over the line, it would be a massive coup for Moyes, who you would imagine views Kehrer as a suitable successor to Diop.
The 20-cap international, hailed a ‘complete player’ by Germany manager Hansi Flick, stands at 6 foot 1 so could bring some height to the Hammers’ backline, but last season also recorded a 94.7% pass success rate in Ligue 1, highlighting his most impressive trait – the composure to play out from the back.
Kehrer’s versatility to play at both centre-back and right-back will also be attractive to Moyes, and he would be a welcome addition to the West Ham squad in the middle of a defensive crisis.
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