West Ham are allegedly keen to sign Leonardo Zabala from Brazilian side Santos in the summer transfer window.

That’s according to a report from Planet Sport who claims that the Hammers could face competition from Spurs for the 19-year-old centre-back’s signature.

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West Ham manager David Moyes will undoubtedly be on the look-out for a top-class centre-back with youth on his side ahead of the summer transfer window.

Angelo Ogbonna has been out since November with an ACL injury and he is set to turn 34 before the start of next season.

The East London outfit signed Oggy from Juventus for around £8 million in 2015 (The Daily Mail).

West Ham are allegedly eyeing a summer move to sign Leonardo Zabala
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As good as the Italian has been for the Hammers, signing a long-term replacement for him will be crucial in order to our hopes of continued progress.

And it seems as though David Moyes has a plan in place to do exactly that…

West Ham eyeing up Leonardo Zabala swoop

Moyes allegedly wants to bring the 18-year-old Bolivia international to the London Stadium in the summer according to Planet Sport.

Standing at 6ft 2in tall, Zabala cuts an imposing figure.

He is strong in the air yet very quick along the ground as well.

West Ham eyeing up Leonardo Zabala swoop
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Diario do Litoral describe the teenager as a strong left-sided central defender – exactly the kind of player Moyes needs to bring to the London Stadium.

Planet Sport claims that West Ham want to sign Zabala to initially play him for the under-23 side with a view to promoting him to the first-team the following year, if he is good enough of course.

Signing the 18-year-old will obviously come along with some kind of risk for the Hammers.

Making the move from South America to England at such a young age is obviously an incredibly difficult thing to do.

If Moyes thinks Zabala has what it takes though, we will back the Scot in his decision.

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