West Ham are lining up a move to sign Middlesbrough centre-back Dael Fry in January according to a report from 90min.

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Hammers boss David Moyes was thought to be keen to sign a central defender after Angelo Ogbonna was ruled out for the season with an ACL injury.

And things got even worse for West Ham yesterday afternoon when Kurt Zouma limped off against Chelsea with a knee problem.

With Issa Diop and Craig Dawson now as our only fit centre-backs, Moyes will undoubtedly look to strengthen that particular area of his squad next month.

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West Ham plotting January swoop for Middlesbrough ace Dael Fry

90min reckons that Fry is on the Hammers’ radar.

The Boro ace, 24, is a powerful, aerially commanding central defender.

In 12 Championship appearances for Middlesbrough so far this season, Fry has averaged one tackle, 0.3 interceptions, 3.1 clearances and 1.4 blocks per game. He has also won an average of 5.2 aerial duels per match (Who Scored).

Middlesbrough v Queens Park Rangers - Sky Bet Championship
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The Boro ace has made 35.4 passes on average per game and recorded a completion rate of 73.3%.

Boro manager Neil Warnock recently described Fry as a ‘revelation’, as quoted by Teesside Live:

“Dael Fry is back now, he’s been a revelation recently and he’s got everything in his game.”

Middlesbrough will demand at least £10 million for the 24-year-old centre-back, according to the Northern Echo.

£10 million seems like a lot of money for Fry considering the fact that he is totally unproven in the Premier League.

Ogbonna’s injury has undoubtedly accelerated our need for a combative centre-half though.

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Fry is just 24, so if Moyes thinks he’s ready to step up to the Premier League, we will back the Scot’s judgement.

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