The Lowdown: Hammers eye defensive boost?
The Hammers, having suffered from a defensive crisis at Rush Green, are currently still awaiting a return for summer signing Nayef Aguerd as Angelo Ogbonna’s fitness also remains a serious question mark (Claret & Hugh).
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This has prompted reports of a possible further defensive addition before the window shuts it’s doors on Thursday with the likes of Bednarek and Borussia Monchengladbach defender Nico Elvedi linked.
Irons centre-back Craig Dawson is also currently tipped with a potential last gasp move away, motivating West Ham to pursue a late central defensive option further.
The Latest: West Ham will move if Dawson goes
According to Rosser, it is believed that talks have indeed been held over Bednarek, though a move will depend on if Dawson departs the London Stadium.
He explained (via Twitter):
“West Ham have held talks over a potential loan move for Southampton’s Jan Bednarek should Craig Dawson leave. Aston Villa and Wolves both made approaches for Dawson.”
The Verdict: Get it done…
We believe the 26-year-old would come as a very astute rotational option for David Moyes, especially on loan with little financial risk.
According to WhoScored, Bednarek finished the 2021/2022 top flight campaign as Southampton’s fifth-best player by average match rating.
The ‘no-nonsense‘ Poland international also made more interceptions and clearances per 90 than any of his teammates – backing how he could come in to this West Ham side and provide some serious steel in the same manner that Dawson did.
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