West Ham United are interested in signing Brighton defender Shane Duffy in this window.
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That’s according to reliable insider ExWHUemployee and The Irish Independent.
West Ham are said to be monitoring the Ireland international’s position despite the centreback being under contract with Brighton for another three years.
Out of favour Duffy linked with West Ham move
The towering centre half started just 12 Premier League games all season and Brighton have gone out and signed Dutch defender Joel Veltman – himself a former Hammers target.
West Ham boss David Moyes knows Duffy well.
The Scot was Everton manager when Duffy made his debut for the Toffees as a 17-year-old and The Irish Independent claims the pair have a good working relationship.
Hammers fans have been divided over the move when discussing it on social media.
Hammers fans divided over Irish defender
Many feel he is the type of solid defender West Ham need.
Others believe he is too slow, lacks quality and question why he would improve them if he cannot get into Brighton’s side.
It is that time of year when agents are doing their best to get their clients a move or better deals.
As a result the rumour mill is in full swing.
When West Ham fans wants answers over comings and goings they turn to anonymous Twitter and podcast personality ExWHUemployee.
Insider tells all on West Ham interest
Here is what he told the latest The West Ham Way podcast on Moyes’s reported interest in Duffy.
“We’ve been interested in him before at one point, might have even been in January this year (after Moyes took over),” ExWHUemployee said on The West Ham Way podcast July 29th.
“We were actually very close to signing him. So there actually might be a strong chance (we could sign him), it wouldn’t surprise me. He’s probably the sort of thing we need. You know a sort of old fashioned centre back that’s going to get his head in places. Like a Ginge (James Collins).
“He started his career at Everton so he would count as homegrown and we need to keep (on top of) our homegrown quota. I don’t think it would be a free (transfer). Whether he will come or not I don’t know… he hasn’t been in their team for a while.”