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Insider claims West Ham have held talks with Shane Duffy over move but face competition from Celtic
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Insider claims West Ham have held talks with Shane Duffy over move but face competition from Celtic

West Ham United have held talks with defender Shane Duffy over a move but face competition from Scottish champions Celtic.

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The likes of The ArgusThe Irish Independent and insider ExWHUemployee have all reported West Ham’s interest in the 28-year-old.

Both Fabian Balbuena and Winston Reid are expected to depart West Ham this summer. So West Ham will have to sign at least one new central defender.

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West Ham and Celtic looking to bolster backlines?

Moyes has made it clear he is prioritising improving his backline and told The Evening Standard he prefers older centrebacks with more experience.

The Scot has been told he must sell to buy this summer (Claret & Hugh).

West Ham sold Albian Ajeti to Celtic for £5million. But that money which is expected to be used to pay the latest installment the Hammers owe to Eintracht Frankfurt for Sebastien Haller.

Celtic are also looking to bolster their defensive options with Rangers hoping to stop them completing the famous 10 in a row.

And it appears West Ham and Celtic are going head-to-head in a bid to sign Duffy from Brighton.

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Hammers have held talks with Duffy but face competition from Celtic – insider

That’s according to reliable West Ham insider ExWHUemployee.

The anonymous Twitter and podcast personality claims West Ham have held talks with Duffy over a loan move with the option to buy.

But Celtic are also in the frame.

“We have spoke(n)to him (Duffy) a couple of times now and looking to complete a loan move with a view to buy,” ExWHUemployee said on Twitter.

“The talks happened on Friday and the player hasn’t heard from the club since.

“Correct (it is between Celtic and West Ham). We haven’t spoke to him since Friday so be interesting to see if we move for further talks or not.”

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Duffy stats

Duffy averaged 0.9 tackles, 1.1 interceptions, 0.7 fouls, 3.7 clearances, 0.6 dribbles, 0.4 blocks and won 3.7 aerial duels per game in his 22 appearances for Brighton last season (Whoscored.com).

Duffy did not put any in his own net and managed a goal himself. And the West Ham and Celtic target received only two yellows all season, impressive for a central defender.

He also managed an average match rating of 6.71.

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