West Ham have made the first approach to sign Mainz defender Jeremiah St Juste ahead of the summer transfer window.

That’s according to a report from A Bola who claim that Sporting Lisbon are trying to beat the Hammers to the centre-back and are ready to make a €7.5 million (£6.2 million) offer for his services.

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West Ham manager David Moyes is obviously desperate to bolster his central defensive ranks at the London Stadium this summer.

Angelo Ogbonna has been out since November with an ACL injury whilst Kurt Zouma could now be out for the rest of the season with an ankle problem.

In addition to those injury problems, Ogbonna will be 34 before the start of the new season whilst Craig Dawson will soon turn 32. Meanwhile, the jury is still very much out on Issa Diop.

West Ham have allegedly made an approach to sign Mainz defender Jeremiah St. Juste in the summer
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So it’s clear and obvious to see just how badly Moyes needs to strengthen his centre-back department. And it seems as though the Scot is intent on doing exactly that…

West Ham eyeing summer swoop for Mainz defender

A Bola reckon that the Hammers have actually already made an approach to sign the Dutch central defender.

We allegedly could face competition from Leicester City and Sporting Lisbon for his signature, however.

We think that the 25-year-old defender would be a very useful addition to Moyes’s ranks at the London Stadium this summer.

St. Juste could be available for just €7.5 million (£6.2 million) this summer according to A Bola. That sounds like superb value to us.

When coming up through the ranks, he was described as a ‘sensational’ defender by The Daily Star. And he has since gone on from strength to strength.

1. FSV Mainz 05 v Eintracht Frankfurt - Friendly Match
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In eight Bundesliga appearances for Mainz this season, St. Juste has averaged 1.6 tackles, 1.8 interceptions and 1.6 clearances. He’s also averaged three successful aerial duels per match (Who Scored).

Standing at 6ft tall, St. Juste isn’t the biggest of centre-backs but he is unbelievably strong in the tackle and incredibly quick along the ground.

In fact, he is the Bundesliga’s fastest player (BILD journalist Christian Falk).

St. Juste has a great leap as well and is very strong in the air despite the fact that he isn’t the biggest of defenders.

Signing the Mainz ace for just £6.2 million would be an unbelievably good deal for West Ham and we’d be delighted if David Moyes brings him to the London Stadium this summer.

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