West Ham ideally want to sign Bournemouth centre-back Lloyd Kelly in the January transfer window.
That’s according to club insider ExWHUemployee.
The Hammers’ need for a top-class centre-back, preferably a left-footed one, has been well-documented already.
Angelo Ogbonna is out for the season whilst Kurt Zouma isn’t expected back for another couple of weeks after suffering a hamstring tendon injury back in December.
Getting an established, left-footed central defender through the door at the London Stadium before the January transfer window slams shut will be an absolute necessity, if West Ham are to continue our fine start to the season.
And it seems as though David Moyes is on the same page, which is great news.
West Ham eyeing January Lloyd Kelly swoop
The 23-year-old Bournemouth centre-half has been in fine form in the Championship this season.
Kelly has really stood out for Scott Parker’s south coast outfit and it seems as though his brilliant displays have drawn attention from the powers that be at the London Stadium.
West Ham boss David Moyes views the young English defender as the ideal January addition to his squad according to ExWHUemployee who told the West Ham Way podcast:
“We’ve been told that obviously we want a centre-back, ideally we want to sign a left-footed centre-back. Now, we’ve had links to Kelly of Bournemouth, he’s ideally the one we want. In January though, there is no need or urgency for their Chairman to sell him.”
We think that Kelly would be a sensational addition for the Hammers.
In 20 Championship outings for Bournemouth this season, the 23-year-old has averaged 1.1 interceptions and 4.8 clearances per match (Who Scored).
Standing at just 5ft 10in tall, Kelly is certainly on the small side for a central defender. And there have been questions raised as to whether he would be able to cope aerially in the Premier League.
Kelly’s height is irrelevant though. He has a quite incredible leap on him, as proven by the 3.1 aerial duels he has won on average per game in the Championship this season (Who Scored).
The Bournemouth ace is also excellent when in possession of the football. In 20 league appearances for the Cherries this term, he has made 74 passes on average per match and has recorded an incredibly impressive completion rate of 83.8% (Who Scored).
Kelly is clearly a very good centre-back and has all of the attributes needed to go on and become an elite player at the very highest level.
The Bournemouth man won’t come cheap though. The Times recently reported that it would take at least £30 million for the south coast outfit to even consider selling one of their star men.
And whether West Ham are prepared to pay that kind of fee for Kelly remains to be seen.