West Ham are front-runners to sign Juventus defender Merih Demiral according to a report from Juve Live.

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Juve are said to be desperate to raise funds this summer and are willing to sell the 23-year-old Turkey international fro around £30 million.

Hammers boss David Moyes is desperate to sign a new top-class centre-back this summer.

It is one of the Scot’s three main priorities according to club insiders Claret and Hugh.

West Ham have already been linked with numerous centre-backs. And another one has been added to the list this afternoon.

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West Ham leading race for Merih Demiral

The 23-year-old Juve ace is allegedly on the Hammers’ radar.

The East London outfit are allegedly leading the race for the Turk’s signature alongside Everton according to Juve Live.

We think that Demiral would be an outstanding addition for West Ham.

In 15 Serie A appearances for Juventus last season, the 23-year-old averaged 0.8 tackles, 1.4 interceptions, 2.6 clearances and 0.6 blockers per game. He also averaged 1.5 aerial duels per match (Who Scored).

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In those games, Demiral made an average of 41.3 passes per game and recorded a sensational 94% completion rate (Who Scored). So he is clearly very comfortable with the ball at his feet.

Standing at 6ft 3in tall, the 23-year-old cuts an imposing figure. He is a top class all-round defender. The Turkish ace has been described as an ‘outstanding’ defender by Football Italia.

We have to say that our chances of signing him for £30 million are bleak, however. It is highly unlikely that the West Ham board will sanction that kind of deal for a single player this summer.

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Here’s to hoping, however. Demiral is a truly elite centre-back. And he would be a huge coup for the Hammers if we manage to sign him this summer.

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