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Could £15m-rated Diego Demme be West Ham's solution in holding midfield?

Diego Demme is the latest player being linked with a January move to West Ham.

It is no secret that Manuel Pellegrini is tempted to bring in a new midfielder this January. And Demme has emerged as a potential target.

According to The Daily Mail, West Ham are considering a move for Red Bull Leipzig midfielder Demme.

The 26-year-old is rated at £15m by the Bundesliga side with West Ham mulling over a bid.

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But could he be the answer to West Ham’s problem position?

Midfield crisis

In recent weeks, there has been a crisis in central midfield. With so many injuries, Pellegrini’s options have been limited.

Carlos Sanchez, Manuel Lanzini and Jack Wilshere are all on the long-term injury list. And Pedro Obiang was absent recently.

Moreover, Mark Noble picked up a three-match suspension for a straight red card against Leicester City.

Therefore, Declan Rice, who is just 19, was the only available central midfielder for a while.

This has led to Robert Snodgrass operating in a central role and youngster Conor Coventry being named on the bench.

Signing a central midfielder in the January window could be a solution to his crisis in midfield.

Who is Diego Demme?

Diego Demme plays for Red Bull Leipzig in the Bundesliga. (Photo by Karina Hessland-Wissel/Bongarts/Getty Images)

Demme plays predominantly as a defensive midfielder, sitting in front of the back four.

The once-capped Germany international joined RB Leipzig in 2014 and has featured regularly for them each season.

Prior to his move to RB Leipzig, Demme played for Arminia Bielefeld and SC Paderborn.

He is a diminutive midfielder, at just 5ft 7in, but is known for his tackling, intercepting and excellent reading of the game.

What would he add at West Ham?

The main problem with Demme’s game is that he has a lot of similarities with Rice.

Both players operate as the holding man in central midfield, sitting in the space between the back four and the midfield.

Demme would either have to operate further forward or Rice would be moved up the pitch if they joined.

The ex-Paderborn midfielder would certainly add solidity to the middle, though, and it would be tough to break through against him and Rice.

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