West Ham are in the race to sign Chelsea defender Malang Sarr on loan before transfer deadline day according to a report from Foot Mercato.
Hammers boss David Moyes is well-known to be on the look-out for a top-class centre-half this month.
Not only do West Ham need a centre-back, but we also need a left-footed one. Angelo Ogbonna has been ruled out for the season.
The Italian will be 34 before the start of the new season, so a long-term replacement for him will be an absolute must for the Hammers.
Kurt Zouma still hasn’t returned to action either, so Moyes must act before the January transfer window slams shut.
And Chelsea ace Malang Sarr appears to be a man on the Hammers’ radar…
West Ham trying to sign Chelsea defender before transfer deadline day
Foot Mercato claims that Moyes wants to bring the 22-year-old centre-back to the London Stadium on loan this month.
We could face strong competition from Everton for his signature, however.
We think that Sarr would be a brilliant addition to Moyes’s ranks.
The 22-year-old is brilliant in the air, is very strong and is quick along the ground. He has all of the attributes that West Ham have missed during the absences of Ogbonna and Zouma.
And crucially, Sarr is left-footed.
If he is available on loan until the end of the season, signing him should be an absolute no-brainer for West Ham…on the one condition that we include some kind of purchase option in the deal.
Sarr possesses all of the attributes that West Ham are currently lacking in the centre of defence. If we did sign him on loan and he was a huge success, having to send him back to Stamford Bridge at the end of the season would be a nightmare, just like it was when Jesse Lingard returned to Manchester United last summer.
Let’s hope the Hammers get a deal to sign Sarr over the line. A loan deal would be fine, but we cannot fall into the trap of bringing someone in just for the short-term again.
A loan with an option to buy Sarr in the summer would be absolutely ideal.