West Ham are now eyeing up a move to sign Liverpool centre-back Nat Phillips early on in the January transfer window according to a report from the Evening Standard.
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The January transfer window will be a hugely important one for West Ham.
Hammers boss David Moyes absolutely must sign a top-class striker if we are to maintain our place inside the top four in the new year.
Having lost Angelo Ogbonna and Kurt Zouma to long-term injuries, however, the addition of a quality centre-back will just as important as bringing in a new centre-forward.
The East London outfit have already been linked with numerous central defenders. One name keeps cropping up though.
West Ham eyeing January swoop for Nat Phillips
The Evening Standard reckon that the Hammers could now swoop in to sign the 24-year-old Reds ace.
Jurgen Klopp will allow Phillips to leave Anfield for around £12 million according to The Mirror.
Signing the Liverpool man for that kind of fee seems like an absolute no-brainer for West Ham.
The 24-year-old dominated the West Ham attack both times we played Liverpool last season.
So Moyes and the Hammers fans will know all about the Reds defender.
Standing at 6ft 3in tall, Phillips is dominant in the air. He is a tenacious tackler and his playing style is a real throwback to years gone by.
The Liverpool man would suit West Ham down to the ground.
And with Angelo Ogbonna and Kurt Zouma both out with long-term injuries, bringing Phillips to the London Stadium would be a smart move from Moyes.
Whether West Ham will be able to get a deal lined up for January 1st, however, remains to be seen.