Report: West Ham now in talks to sign 'aggressive' Premier League defender, could join if Craig Dawson leaves
West Ham United are now in talks to sign Southampton defender Jan Bednarek, with the Sun reporting that he could join if Craig Dawson leaves.
Reports suggested over the weekend that the Hammers were eyeing a move for Bednarek this summer, with Aston Villa also interested.
David Moyes has already added two centre-backs to his squad this summer in Thilo Kehrer and Nayef Aguerd.
But after Aguerd suffered a long-term injury during pre-season, it seems the Hammers are still on the lookout for another central defender.
And the move for the ‘aggressive’ Bednarek could depend on whether Craig Dawson leaves the club before Thursday’s deadline.
West Ham in talks to sign Bednarek
And they could make their move to sign him if Dawson departs.
The Hammers defender has received interest from Wolves and Villa. And he is apparently keen to move on for more regular first-team football.
Moyes will decide on Dawson’s future before the window shuts and Bednarek could be a serious option for the Scotsman.
The Poland international could be allowed to leave Southampton after falling down the pecking order at the club.
But the Saints would want a buy option included if they were to allow the 26-year-old to leave.
It’s been a busy week for the Hammers after securing Lucas Paqueta from Lyon.
But it seems that West Ham aren’t done just yet and there could be further changes before the window shuts.
Dawson has been a reliable option for Moyes in the Hammers backline since making the switch from Watford.
But the Scotsman now has more options at centre-back after the signings of Kurt Zouma and Kehrer over the past year.
Bednarek has been solid for Ralph Hasenhuttl’s side over the past five years and could be a decent option for Moyes.