West Ham identify Nathan Ake as a transfer target for January


West Ham are interested in signing Manchester City midfielder Nathan Ake, where the club is seeking protection for the injured Angelo Ogbonna, who is expected to miss the rest of the season.

The Hammers suffered a major blow when Ogbonna suffered a front cruciate ligament injury in the 3-2 win over Liverpool in early November and have failed to win any of the three Premier League matches they have played since.

90min found out in November that West Ham had realized the need to find additional protection for Kurt Zouma, Craig Dawson and Issa Diop, due to the club’s hectic match schedule and continued involvement in the Europa League, and Ake is now considered their primary goal. .

The 26-year-old has been unable to control regular football at City following his £ 41m move from Bournemouth last summer, and was limited to just 10 Premier League games during his first season at the club.

Åke has been in five Premier League matches this time and started in the 2-1 win over Aston Villa on Wednesday. However, the Dutchman remains behind Ruben Dias and Aymeric Laporte in Pep Guardiola’s hacking order, while he also faces competition for a place from regular England starter John Stones.

West Ham are likely to sign a loan deal until the end of the season that includes an obligation to buy – even if the club is financially stable enough to get Ake on a permanent deal – and they can make sure to use recruitment manager Rob Newman. City after his 13-year period at the club.

City are not particularly keen on strengthening a club they now consider a positional rival in the Premier League, but they could allow Ake to leave if West Ham encourage the deal and indicate a willingness to discuss a future transfer for Declan Rice – as the Premier League. the champions are anxious to land next summer.

Åke is not the only defender West Ham are watching, with David Moyes’ scouting team also watching some of the Championship’s hottest qualities. The Hammers have bought well from the division in recent years – namely brought in Jarrod Bowen and Said Benrahma – and Rob Dickie, Dael Fry and Lloyd Kelly are among those who have been seen.

David Moyes needs to fill his squad with additional depth / Alex Pantling / GettyImages

However, young English talent tends to come at a premium price, and QPR, Middlesbrough and Bournemouth – each club the trio plays for – are likely to charge significant fees.

Elsewhere, West Ham are still keen to sign young forward Adam Hlozek from Sparta Prague, also on a loan deal.

The teenager is ready to move on and test himself on a bigger stage, and the recent 27% investment in the club from Daniel Kretinsky – who is Sparta president – can help close a deal in the midst of growing European interest.

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