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West Ham: Hammers eye up January move for Niklas Stark

West Ham: Hammers eye up January move for Niklas Stark -Premier League

West Ham are reportedly interested in signing Hertha Berlin defender Niklas Stark in the January transfer window, following Angelo Ogbonna’s injury.

The Lowdown: Ogbonna suffers serious injury

The Hammers are absolutely flying at the moment, sitting third in the Premier League and still revelling in the 3-2 win at home to Liverpool.

Unfortunately, Ogbonna suffered a potentially season-ending injury in that game, having damaged his cruciate ligament in the first half.

The Italian could be a huge loss for West Ham, considering he has started all 11 league games so far this season.

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The Latest: Stark linked with move

According to The Daily Mail, the Hammers are interested in signing Stark in January, with David Moyes seeing him as a possible Ogbonna replacement.

The 26-year-old, who can also play in defensive midfield, has started 10 of Hertha’s 11 Bundesliga matches this season, as well as winning two caps for Germany.

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The Verdict: Shrewd January addition

This looks like a sensible piece of transfer business, with Stark possessing enough experience to come and help fill the Ogbonna-shaped void.

His current Hertha deal expires next summer, meaning January is the last chance to receive a fee for him and the club could be willing to sell, while the 6 foot 3 colossus is in great form at the moment, leading his side in both clearances and blocks per game.

He is a bit of a beast in the tackle, racking up a remarkable ten successful challenges out of 11 attempted in his last Bundesliga showing, per the German top flight’s official stats.

Stark’s aforementioned versatility is an added bonus, too, providing Moyes with more squad depth in a couple of areas of the pitch.

In other news, a journalist has provided a West Ham transfer update. Read more here.

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