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West Ham eye January swoop for 25-year-old defender from London rivals
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West Ham eye January swoop for 25-year-old defender from London rivals

West Ham are eyeing up a potential move to sign Queens Park Rangers defender Rob Dickie in the January transfer window according to a report from The Athletic.

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The Hammers’ need for a new central defender has been well-documented over the past few months.

Angelo Ogbonna is out injured for the season whilst Kurt Zouma won’t be back in action for at least another month.

David Moyes absolutely must sign a centre-back before the January transfer window slams shut.

With Zouma set to return ahead of schedule, some have suggested that West Ham don’t need to sign another centre-back in January. That’s quite simply not the case. As far as planning for the future goes, it should be a necessity.

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Ogbonna and Craig Dawson will be 34 and 32 before there start of next season. And it seems as though Moyes is very keen to improve upon his central defensive ranks at the London Stadium.

West Ham eyeing January swoop for Rob Dickie

The Athletic claims that the Hammers are one of three Premier League clubs chasing the 25-year-old QPR centre-back.

Dickie could be a very useful addition for West Ham and seems to possess all of the attributes that David Moyes usually looks for in a centre-back.

The towering centre-half stands at 6ft 4in tall and he has been in fine form for Queens Park Rangers in the Championship this season.

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In 23 league outings for QPR, Dickie has averaged 1.8 tackles, 1.5 interceptions, 3.4 clearances and 0.7 blocks per game (Who Scored).

He has won 3.9 aerial duels per match and has made 60.6 passes per game on average with a completion rate of 80.7% (Who Scored).

The centre-back is very combative, is a tenacious tackler and is as fit as they come. He certainly seems to fit into the category of the kind of player David Moyes likes.

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And if West Ham can pick Dickie up for a reasonable fee in January, we would be more than happy to see Moyes bring him to the London Stadium.

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