West Ham United could be in line to make not one, but two “major” defender signings in the near future.
West Ham pull out of race for Benrahma after selling Diangana – insider
That’s according to a source close to co-owners David Sullivan and David Gold.
The unpopular duo are under intense pressure from angry West Ham fans after sanctioning the sale of academy graduate Grady Diangana to West Bromwich Albion (Sky Sports).
West Ham fans raging over transfer business
It comes as David Moyes goes into the new season next week with no new faces at West Ham.
And with the transfer window set to close in a month, supporters are concerned the Hammers are in for another relegation battle.
But Claret & Hugh – who have direct links to Sullivan and Gold – now claim West Ham could be on the verge of bringing in two “major” defenders using the £27.5 million raised from the sales of Diangana, Albian Ajeti Jordan Hugill.
West Ham could sign two “major” defenders in next 10 days
“There is little sense in such a move after selling Grady Diangana because we have too many wingers and a London Stadium source has told us that a major defender (possibly two) will be joining the club over the next 10 days or so,” Claret & Hugh claim.
“The suggestion that the club would move for the Brentford winger emerged from the Telegraph but were it to happen it would make little sense and cause huge outrage given the decision to sell on of our whom many believe to be as good or better than him.”
Stones to Jones, Rico and Takehiro to Bernardo – West Ham’s defensive targets
Moyes has been linked with the likes of John Stones and Phil Jones (The Sun).
And The Evening Standard have also claimed the Hammers are interested in Bologna’s Japanese international defender Takehiro Tomiyasu.
With left-back also a top priority the Hammers have also been linked with Brentford’s Rico Henry (ExWHUemployee) and Brighton’s Bernardo (Sky Sports).
Whether West Ham are genuinely close to pulling something off, or the message is to try and placate angry fans remains to be seen.
But with just a month left of the transfer window, West Ham fans will find out soon either way.