Recent David Moyes comments suggest he could be about to make a big transfer mistake after a positive West Ham injury update.

West Ham’s form has fallen off a cliff since the November international break with just one win in their last six Premier League games.

It is no coincidence that has come after the Hammers suffered a spate of injuries.

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Moyes has lost Angelo Ogbonna for the season to an ACL injury while Kurt Zouma was ruled out for between six to 12 weeks alongside injuries to full-backs Aaron Cresswell, Ben Johnson and Ryan Fredericks.


As a result West Ham have been heavily linked with a move for a new centre-back in the January window.

According to club insiders, West Ham have already started talks with the agents of Moyes’s two prime targets Nat Phillips and James Tarkowski.

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There was some rare positive injury news for West Ham this week when it emerged that Cresswell, Johnson and Fredericks could all be back in contention for the Tottenham game on Wednesday night.

And Zouma may return on the earlier end of the recovery timescale first reported by Hammers News after he was spotted back in the gym doing his rehabilitation work (Football.London).

Recent Moyes comments suggest the Hammers boss could be about to make a big transfer mistake after the positive West Ham injury update, though.

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Speaking about making a defensive signing after the injury to Zouma recently, Moyes said: “If we could get one, would I try and get him early? Yes I would.

“But the truth is we might not get one or might not get what we want. I will need to try and balance exactly what would be best for us.

“I’ll see what we think the recovery time of players coming back is as well, that could have an influence on whether we need to take somebody immediately or if we think we can wait a bit later in January.”

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David Moyes comments suggest he could be about to make big transfer mistake after positive West Ham injury update

That last line suggests Moyes may feel he does not need to bring a defender in if Zouma is not far off a return by then.

But calling off the defender hunt would be a big mistake. Ogbonna has been brilliant for West Ham and like a fine wine, the Italian seems to get better with age.

An ACL injury is difficult to recover from, though, and Ogbonna turns 34 before the end of the season.

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He will be kept on by West Ham and rightly so given his brilliant leadership qualities.

But West Ham must face the fact we may have seen the last of Ogbonna as the club’s first choice starting centre-back.

As a result a new defender is still needed to take up the mantle, especially if West Ham are serious about challenging for the top four and silverware.

More West Ham news:

West Ham or Spurs could be just two games from Wembley amid EFL talks.

Report makes claim over EFL stance on West Ham v Spurs cup clash.

West Ham we have a problem and it’s called Tottenham.

West Ham already in talks with agents of two prime Moyes targets – insider.

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