According to a report from French media outlet Le 10 Sport, West Ham are interested in signing Watford ace Christian Kabasele this month. Manchester United, Arsenal and Newcastle have also been linked.
The Hammers are thought to be on the look-out for another centre-back this month. Winston Reid and Angelo Ogbonna are on the wrong side of 31 and Issa Diop’s future is uncertain.
And Kabasele would be a very sound addition for West Ham.
The 28-year-old joined Watford from Genk in the summer of 2016, for a fee believed to be worth £6 million, according to BBC Sport.
And he has gone on to be a real hit at Vicarage Road, making 88 appearances for the Hornets.
Just the kind of player David Moyes needs
The two-capped Belgium international is extremely athletic, powerful and possesses decent pace. Standing at 6ft 2in tall, and with an impressive leap, Kabasele is very strong in the air. And he would add some much needed aerial authority to West Ham’s defending.
West Ham will not have things all their own way in the race for Kabasele, however. Newcastle United, Arsenal and Manchester United also interested in signing the Belgian, according to Le 10 Sport.
The advantage that the Hammers do have over United and Arsenal is that they should be able to offer the Watford man more regular action.
It will depend on how much the 28-year-old wants to play on a consistent basis. Or whether he just wants to be part of a team who can challenge for trophies.
West Ham desperately need someone like Kabasele, but Watford will surely be resistant to the idea of selling him.
The Belgian’s current deal at Vicarage Road expires in the summer of 2021. So the Hammers would surely have to offer at least double the £6 million that the Hornets paid for the centre-back three-and-a-half years ago, if they are to bring him to the London Stadium this month.