West Ham could try to bring Dejan Lovren back to the Premier League after FIFA opened a one-month transfer window to sign players from clubs in Ukraine and Russia.
That’s according to claims from club insiders Claret and Hugh.
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As Russia continue their assault on Ukraine, players currently contracted to clubs in those two countries will be able to suspend their terms of employment until June 30th, as outlined here on FIFA’s official website.
There is now a one-month window open whereby West Ham could sign a player temporarily up until the end of the season.
Given the fact that David Moyes failed to bring a single player to the London Stadium in January, the new window could represent a chance for the Scot to make amends for that.
And it seems as though a former Premier League star could be firmly on the Hammers’ radar…
West Ham eyeing Dejan Lovren after FIFA transfer ruling
Claret and Hugh reckon that Moyes could try to bring the 32-year-old defender back to the Premier League from Zenit Saint Petersburg.
The Scot tried, and failed, to sign a top-class central defender in the January transfer window. And now West Ham are really light in the centre-back department, with Kurt Zouma, Craig Dawson and Issa Diop as our only senior options.
Lovren left Liverpool for Zenit for around £11 million back in the summer of 2020 (BBC).
The Croatia international is a very solid centre-back. He’s strong and commanding in the air, tenacious in the tackle and is a fine reader of the game.
In 14 league outings for Zenit this season, the 32-year-old has averaged 1.1 interceptions, 3.6 clearances and 3.4 successful aerial duels per match (Who Scored).
During those appearances, Lovren has made an average of 58.7 passes per game and has recorded an impressive completion rate of 84.7% (Who Scored).
Lovren would be a very useful short-term addition for West Ham. He is still a very capable centre-back.
And the former Liverpool man would certainly provide adequate back-up and competition for Zouma, Dawson and Diop between now and the end of the season.
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