West Ham United face a new double threat from AC Milan in their bid for defensive reinforcements in the January transfer window.

After losing Angelo Ogbonna for the season to an ACL injury and the likes of Kurt Zouma and Aaron Cresswell for extended spells, David Moyes has been linked with moves to sign a centre-back in January.

West Ham have been linked with the likes of Man City’s Nathan Ake, Chelsea bit-part player Malang Sarr, Bournemouth’s Lloyd Kelly, Liverpool’s Nat Phillips, a host of Ligue 1 players and Burnley’s James Tarkowski.

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On the pitch, the Hammers came out of their recent slump with three consecutive wins against Watford and Palace in the Premier League and Leeds in the FA Cup.

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Moyes’s side has still looked vulnerable defensively at times with the manager and players such as Mark Noble and Declan Rice admitting that West Ham simply must improve defensively to stay in the top four race.

There was a marked improvement against a weakened Leeds team last time out. And there has been encouraging news that Zouma is on his way back imminently.

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West Ham face new double Milan threat in January transfer window

Moyes is said to still want a centre-back given Ogbonna’s long-term absence.

And West Ham face a new double Milan threat in the January transfer window when it comes to their reported interest in Ake and Sarr.

According to Football Italia, Milan are reportedly considering loan moves for Dutch international Ake and Chelsea defender Sarr – who was linked with the Hammers before joining the Blues.

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Like West Ham, the Serie A giants need a replacement for key centre half Simon Kjaer, who has been ruled out for the rest of the season with a knee injury.

And Milan’s technical director Paolo Maldini has identified the two reported West Ham targets Ake and Sarr as potential candidates.

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Ironically Milan were also linked with Hammers defender Issa Diop recently, with reports suggesting the player was keen on the move.

West Ham are yet to do any business thus far this window.

But fans were encouraged to hear Moyes state this week that he wants to bring in new blood and has the backing of the board to do so.

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