West Ham are now trying to sign Real Betis midfielder Guido Rodriguez, according to a report from Spanish publication Fichajes.

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Hammers boss David Moyes is expected to be a busy man in the January transfer window.

The Scot’s priority will be to bring a top-class striker to the London Stadium in the winter window.

Michail Antonio needs more quality competition and cover if West Ham are to push on for a top four finish this season.

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Aside from a striker, the Hammers need to sign a top-class left-back to prove more adequate cover for Aaron Cresswell.

The last thing we need right now is a defensive midfielder considering the fact that we have Declan Rice, Tomas Soucek and Alex Kral.

So the latest transfer rumour is somewhat of a surprise.

West Ham want to sign Guido Rodriguez

The 19-capped Argentina international is allegedly on the Hammers radar.

Real Betis will demand around €30 million (£25 million) for his services.

Described as ‘exceptional defensively’ and a ‘superb reader of the game’ by the Professional Football Scouts Association, Rodriguez has been excellent for Betis recently.

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The defensive midfielder has two assists in nine La Liga games for Betis so far this season (Transfermarkt).

During those appearances, the 27-year-old has averaged 2.9 tackles, 1.1 interceptions and 1.7 clearances per game (Who Scored).

He has made 47.2 passes per match and has recorded an impressive completion rate of 83.5% (Who Scored).

Rodriguez is a very good midfielder. He is tenacious and gritty and is seemingly ideally suited to the robust and intense nature of Premier League football.

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It must be said that Moyes has far greater priorities than adding another DM to his ranks in January, however.

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