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West Ham to accelerate plans to sign Nathan Ake on loan
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West Ham to accelerate plans to sign Nathan Ake on loan

West Ham will push ahead with an attempt to sign Manchester City centre-back Nathan Ake on loan in January according to The Evening Standard.

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The Hammers have somewhat of a central defensive injury crisis on their hands.

Angelo Ogbonna has been ruled out for the rest of the season after suffering an ACL injury during our win over Liverpool last month.

And the new broke this morning that Kurt Zouma has suffered hamstring tendon damage meaning that he could be ruled out for at least a couple of months.

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David Moyes will undoubtedly now have to act in the transfer market.

West Ham eyeing January loan swoop for Nathan Ake

The Evening Standard reckon that David Moyes could now push on with his interest in signing the 26-year-old Man City defender on loan for the rest of the season.

There is no suggestion that an obligation to buy the Dutchman will be included in the deal but you would like to think West Ham would at least try to include an option to buy, taking what happened with Jesse Lingard in the summer into account.

Ake would be a great signing for the Hammers. He has a key attribute – the fact that he is left-footed.

Standing at just 5ft 11 in, the former Chelsea ace is far from dominant in the air but he is quick along the ground.

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Ake is a very strong tackler and has impressive positional awareness.

The 26-year-old is a very good Premier League defender and crucially, he can play at left-back as well.

That will be hugely attractive to Moyes considering the fact that cover for Aaron Cresswell at left-back is limited to say the least.

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Whether Manchester City will be prepared to let him go in January remains to be seen. The West Ham owners should be doing everything in their power to make it happen though, that’s for sure.

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