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Moyes needs £22m Champions League finalist to repair West Ham’s defence

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West Ham United’s season is greatest described as a blended bag. One other robust outing in Europe has been juxtaposed by a string of embarrassing ends in the league. Desirous to rectify these points, David Sullivan seems to be set to shore up the Hammers’ defence this summer time.

West Ham’s defensive struggles

Regardless of sitting seventh within the Premier League desk, it has been one thing of a marketing campaign to neglect for West Ham on the again. The Hammers have conceded the eighth-most objectives within the division this season, over twice the variety of league leaders Arsenal.

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A very embarrassing second for the Hammers’ defence was their 6-0 house defeat to the Gunners again in February. Conceding 4 instances within the first half, many West Ham followers opted to make an early exit from the London Stadium, a damning indictment of the Hammers’ frailties on the again.

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David Moyes’ quest to repair his backline has seen West Ham pursue a deal for Man United and England star Harry Maguire. While bringing the 31-year-old to east London would ease the Hammers’ struggles within the coronary heart of defence, it seems that West Ham are actually out there for a brand new full-back.

Hammers eye transfer for worldwide full-back

As relayed by Sport Witness, the native press in Italy is claiming that West Ham have develop into the newest aspect to indicate an curiosity in Torino defender Raoul Bellanova. The outlet means that fellow Premier League outfits Man United and Aston Villa have already watched the participant and that “the Hammers had a scout watch him intently in opposition to Udinese final weekend”.

The 23-year-old had spent the earlier season on mortgage at Inter, the place the defender got here off the bench within the Nerazzurri’s 1-0 loss to Manchester Metropolis within the Champions League closing. Lately receiving his first call-up to the Italian nationwide group, Bellanova is probably not overly desperate to pursue a transfer away from his house nation.

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Becoming a member of Torino this summer time in a £6m deal from mother or father membership Cagliari, Bellanova has gone on to make 30 appearances this season, contributing one objective and 5 assists. It’s steered that Torino would demand a minimum of £22m to half methods with Bellanova this summer time, with Il Toro desperate to make a sizeable revenue on their funding from final season.

Raoul Bellanova Serie A Stats 2023/24

Complete per 90

Percentile*

Assists

0.20

eighty fifth percentile

Profitable Take-ons

1.37

91st percentile

Progressive Carries

4.22

ninety fifth percentile

Touches

2.03

seventy fifth percentile

Aerials Gained

1.17

73rd percentile

*in comparison with different full-backs in comparable leagues

A full-back with a watch for a cross, Bellanova could be a superb addition to a West Ham aspect that thrives on balls into the field and objectives from set items.

With the offers of present right-backs Vladimir Coufal and Ben Johnson expiring this summer time, signing a younger defender who can slot straight into the beginning XI could be a wise little bit of enterprise from the Hammers.