West Brom boss Slaven Bilic could be set to ruin West Ham manager David Moyes’ plans this summer, with the Daily Mail reporting that the Croatian is in talks to sign £10 million-rated Brighton defender Shane Duffy.
The Daily Mirror (Tuesday August 4th, page 46) claimed earlier this week that the Hammers were lining up a £10 million move for the 28-year-old Brighton centre-back.
West Ham really need central defensive reinforcements this summer.
Angelo Ogbonna was magnificent this season. But he is now 32. And Issa Diop has been incredibly inconsistent. Meanwhile, Winston Reid, Fabian Balbuena face uncertain futures at the London Stadium.
So bearing that in mind, signing Duffy this would be a good move from West Ham.
But it seems as though Baggies boss Slaven Bilic could be set to scupper Moyes’ plans by bringing the 28-year-old defender to the Hawthorns.
The Daily Mail claims that West Brom have been in talks to sign the £10 million rated 33-capped Republic of Ireland international.
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.
Missing out on Duffy would be a big blow for West Ham. And the fact that former Hammers boss Slaven Bilic seems to be in prime position to bring the Brighton ace to West Brom might just rub further salt into the east London outfit’s wounds.