Aston Villa centre-back Kortney Hause is allegedly keen to join West Ham United during the January transfer window.
That’s according to a report from Football Insider who claim that the Hammers have opened preliminary talks with Aston Villa to sign the defender this month.
West Ham boss David Moyes is well-known to be on the look-out for a new centre-half with Angelo Ogbonna out for the season and Kurt Zouma just returning to training having been missing with a hamstring tendon problem since December.
The money is there for Moyes to spend by all accounts. The Scot needs to bring a top-class striker to the London Stadium as well as a central defender.
Whether he manages to get deals over the line for the players he wants, however, remains to be seen.
One man who the Hammers are allegedly chasing is very familiar with the East London club. And he apparently wants a return…
Aston Villa ace Kortney Hause wants West Ham move
Football Insider claims that the Hammers ere eyeing up a January swoop for the Villa centre-half and the player himself is keen to return to East London.
Hause, 26, was born and raised on Goodmayes, Ilford, and was part of the West Ham academy as a youngster.
He was released by the Hammers 10 years ago, aged 16, having joined the academy at a young age from his local side Lakeview FC.
Wycombe Wanderers then picked him up and he spent two years there before moving on to Wolves.
Hause then left Wolves to join Aston Villa for £3 million in the summer of 2019 (Express and Star) having spent the previous season on loan at Villa Park.
The 26-year-old has made five Premier League appearances for Steven Gerrard’s Aston Villa so far this season. During those outings, he has averaged 0.6 tackles, 1.2 interceptions, two clearances and 0.8 blocks per game (Who Scored).
Standing at 6ft 3in tall, the East London born defender cuts a big and imposing figure and has won an average of 3.1 aerial duels per game in the Premier League this season (Who Scored).
Hause is out of contract at Villa Park in the summer but the Villans do have the option to extend that deal by a further 12 months.
Aston Villa will surely look to at least recoup the £3 million that they paid for him two-and-a-half years ago, if Steven Gerrard does indeed decide to move him on in the January transfer window.
It must be said though, surely West Ham should be setting our sights higher than Kortney Hause. He wouldn’t be a bad addition to the squad as far as strength in depth is concerned. But if we are to make genuine progress as a football club, Moyes needs to be targeting players of far greater calibre than the Aston Villa man.