West Ham boss David Moyes has a number one January transfer target in mind according to a report from Foot Mercato.

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Central defence is an area where Moyes desperately needs to bolster before the January transfer window closes with Angelo Ogbonna out for the season and Kurt Zouma not expected back until the start of next month.

Foot Mercato claims Moyes is very keen to bring a top-class centre-back to the London Stadium this month. The Hammers boss is allegedly prioritising a move to sign Monaco defender Benoît Badiashile.

The 20-year-old is Moyes’s number one transfer target this month according to Foot Mercato who claims that the ‘hottest track’ is on the young Monaco defender.

Badiashile is a sensational young defender.

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Standing at 6ft 4in tall, he is dominant in the air but is a proper footballer as well. The 20-year-old is a huge talent and the next stage of his career will definitely be the jump up from Ligue 1 to the Premier League. And it seems as though the Monaco ace could be swapping France for England very soon indeed…

David Moyes has a number one January transfer target in mind

Badiashile is a priority transfer target for the Hammers this month.

And what an exceptional addition he would be for West Ham.

Foot Mercato claims that Wolves have already lodged a £25 million bid for the young Frenchman. So West Ham must act fast.

He has been described as a brilliant young talent by well-renowned Total Football Analysis.

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In 11 Ligue 1 outings for Monaco this season, Badiashile has averaged 1.7 tackles, 1.2 interceptions, 2.4 clearances and 1.5 successful aerial duels per game (Who Scored).

The 20-year-old comes into his own when it comes to technique, composure and ability with the ball at his feet. He has made 61.9 passes on average per match this season and has recorded a completion rate of 88.3% (Who Scored).

He is renowned for making line breaking, progressive passes through the centre of the opposition’s midfield and its absolutely brilliant at beating the press.

Badiashile would be a sensational addition for West Ham. Whatever Monaco want we should just pay it.

The Frenchman will undoubtedly go on to become a truly elite centre-back.

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And if West Ham pick him up for £25-30 million this month, it could end up being a bargain. The Monaco ace could well be worth double that amount in two or three year’s time.

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