According to a report from the Daily Mirror (Tuesday August 4th, page 46), West Ham boss David Moyes is lining up a £10 million move for Brighton centre-back Shane Duffy this summer.
The Hammers manager knows the Brighton ace well, having managed him during their time together at Everton.
So West Ham moving to sign Duffy certainly seems to make sense.
Moyes needs to bolster his back-line this summer. Angelo Ogbonna has been magnificent over the past few months, but Issa Diop has failed to impress.
Meanwhile, Winston Reid and Fabian Balbuena could be moved on this summer (ExWHUemployee).
And Duffy would surely be a worthwhile addition. The Mirror claims that the 28-year-old will costs the Hammers around £10 million. And that would represent decent value in this day and age.
The Irishman made 19 Premier League appearances for the Seagulls this season, scoring one goal in the process (Who Scored).
In those outings, he averaged 0.9 tackles, 1.1 interceptions and 3.7 clearances per game. Duffy also won 3.7 aerial duals on average per game in those appearances (Who Scored).
The 28-year-old is a big, strong and commanding centre-back.
And he would be a player who Diop could learn from over the next few years as the Frenchman continues his development.
£10 million seems like a decent price. But David Moyes must sell before he can buy. So a deal to sign Duffy is obviously far from imminent as things stand.