Athletic journalist says David Moyes wants ex Bayern Munich and Real Madrid talent Flavius Daniliuc at West Ham.

West Ham are in the hunt for defenders this month after losing three of their first choice back four to long-term injuries.

Angelo Ogbonna is out for the season after an ACL operation while Kurt Zouma will be out until February at the earliest.

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Aaron Cresswell has been missing since November 28th after chipping a bone in his back when colliding with a post during West Ham’s defeat at Man City.


The Hammers have been heavily linked with Liverpool defender Nat Phillips and Burnley contract rebel James Tarkowski.

Indeed insiders Claret and Hugh claimed last month that West Ham were ‘already in talks with agents’ of those two prime Moyes January targets.

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Athletic journalist says David Moyes wants ex Bayern Munich and Real Madrid talent Flavius Daniliuc at West Ham

But now The Athletic’s West Ham correspondent Roshane Thomas claims former Bayern Munich and Real Madrid talent Flavius Daniliuc is on Moyes’s radar in the January window too.

The 6ft 2in centre-back is a highly rated Austrian Under 21 international currently playing in Ligue 1 with Nice.

“It is worth mentioning Nice’s Flavius Daniliuc is on the radar, while West Ham have also been heavily linked with Burnley centre-back James Tarkowski,” Thomas said in an Athletic West Ham transfer update.

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The 20-year-old ticks all the boxes for Moyes’s recruitment policy at West Ham. Young, talented, athletic and hungry to prove himself at the top level. And it would fit with the way West Ham are looking to go about their business with Rob Newman identifying top young talent before they become household names.

Daniliuc has some pedigree too. He was with West Ham’s Europa League group stage opponents Rapid Wien as an academy player and then moved to Real Madrid to join up with the youth team at the Spanish giants.

The reported West Ham target won a youth league title with Real but his international transfer was one of the cases which resulted in the transfer ban imposed on Real Madrid by FIFA in 2016.

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According to reports online, Daniliuc then moved to Bayern Munich after allegedly being bullied by his colleagues in Spain.

Daniliuc was included in The Guardian’s “Next Generation 2018”, which listed the 60 most talented footballers born in 2001.

He went on to make his professional debut for Bayern Munich II in the 3. Liga in 2019 and moved to Nice in 2020, making 33 appearances thus far.

With 25 days left of the window, West Ham fans won’t have to wait long to find out whether this one has legs.

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