West Ham United boss David Moyes could make a move to sign Bournemouth defender Lloyd Kelly in the January transfer window according to a report from the Telegraph.
The Hammers are an absolute shambles defensively at the moment.
Losing Angelo Ogbonna and Kurt Zouma at roughly the same time was always going to be a massive blow. But nobody could have predicted quite how badly West Ham would regress following the return of Premier League action last month.
David Moyes needs to get his team back to basics and firing on all cylinders again as soon as possible. The addition of a top-class centre-back in January will be crucial to our hopes of doing that.
And it seems as though the Scot has someone in mind for the job.
West Ham boss eyeing Moyes eyeing January centre-back swoop
The Telegraph reckon that 23-year-old Cherries defender Kelly is firmly on the Hammers’ radar ahead of the January transfer window.
Bournemouth ace Lloyd Kelly has really impressed in the Championship so far this season and we think he would be a very useful addition for West Ham.
Kelly joined Bournemouth from Bristol City in the summer of 2019 for a fee that could eventually rise to around £20 million (Daily Mail).
In 19 Championship outings for Bournemouth so far this season, Kelly has averaged one interception and 4.9 clearances per game. He’s also won an average of 3.1 aerial duels per match (Who Scored).
The 23-year-old has made 71.3 passes per game on average with a completion rate of 83.5% (Who Scored).
Standing at just 5ft 10in tall, Kelly is far from tall for a centre-back. He does have a very good leap though, and crucially, he is left-footed.
This is hugely important with Angelo Ogbonna out for the entire season.
Kelly has the potential to go on and become a truly elite Premier League centre-back. He won’t come cheap though.
And Bournemouth will surely demand a hefty fee from West Ham, if we try to prise Kelly away from them in January.