West Ham are weighing up a January swoop to sign Juventus defender Daniele Rugani according to a report from Calciomercato.it.

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Central defence is an area where Hammers boss David Moyes is now desperate to strengthen.

Kurt Zouma and Angelo Ogbonna have both recently been ruled out for the long-term with serious injuries.

Juventus v Malmo FF: Group H - UEFA Champions League
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And Moyes undoubtedly has to act in the January transfer window if West Ham are to maintain their place inside the top four come May.

West Ham eyeing Daniele Rugani swoop

Calciomercato.it reckon that the 27-year-old Juventus defender is on the Hammers’ radar.

We think that Rugani would be a brilliant addition for the Hammers.

The Italian centre-back serves mostly as a backup for the likes of Leonardo Bonucci, Giorgio Chiellini and Matthijs de Ligt.

Don’t let that fool you though, Rugani is a very good player.

Daniele Rugani of Juventus Fc  in action during the Serie A
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Standing at 6ft 3in tall, the seven-capped Italy international is aerially dominant and is a real threat when attacking set-pieces.

Rugani is a great reader of the game, and although he isn’t the quickest, his anticipation and positioning more than makes up for his lack of pace.

Calciomercato.it claims that West Ham could make a loan offer for Rugani ahead of the January transfer window.

That would be a smart move but only if we can include an option to buy the Italian. We made the mistake of not doing that when we signed Jesse Lingard on loan and it ended up costing us dearly.

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The Juventus ace would provide strong cover at competition in the centre-back position at the London Stadium. And Moyes bringing him to East London next month really does seem to be a no-brainer.

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