West Ham boss David Moyes absolutely must strengthen his central defensive ranks at the London Stadium this summer. And Liverpool centre-back Dejan Lovren could be the ideal stop-gap solution for the Hammers, with Jurgen Klopp allegedly keen to move the Croatian on from Anfield.
90 Min claims that Reds boss Klopp is prepared to let the 31-year-old leave the Merseyside club this summer.
And according to an exclusive report from TEAMtalk, West Ham boss Moyes wants to bring the 57-capped Croatian international to east London.
We are all well aware that the Scot wants to bring young and hungry players to the club over the next few transfer windows.
But that might not be possible this summer, given the current financial climate in the game.
The Liverpool Echo claims that Lovren could be available for just £10 million this summer. And that could represent good value for the Hammers.
Issa Diop and Fabian Balbuena have been extremely unconvincing this season. Meanwhile, Winston Reid faces an uncertain future at the London Stadium and Angelo Ogbonna has recently turned 32.
The Liverpool centre-back would undoubtedly bring some much need dogged determination and experience to West Ham’s backline.
In 161 Premier League appearances for Liverpool and Southampton, the 57-capped Croatia international has racked up 243 tackles, with an incredibly impressive success rate of 71% (premierleague.com).
He has also recorded 273 interceptions, 1,009 clearances and 713 ball recoveries. Lovren has won 920 out his 1,426 individual duals and 582 of his 871 aerial battles (premierleague.com).
The Croatian, who earns £100,000 per week (Spotrac) is a proper defender. And West Ham could certainly do a lot worse.
Jurgen Klopp has praised Lovren in the past, as quoted by Liverpool’s official website:
“I think Dejan Lovren, who maybe doesn’t have the headlines like this, but he has all my respect, to be honest.”
Of course, in an ideal world the Hammers would be signing the next up and coming young centre-back.
But perhaps this season, we need to cut our cloth accordingly.
And Lovren would be a very useful addition for maybe two or three years, as West Ham look to evolve and make genuine progress.