Report: West Ham lining up a loan move for 25-year-old defender with European experience
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Report: West Ham lining up a loan move for 25-year-old defender with European experience

West Ham are lining up a loan move for Marseille centre-back Duje Caleta-Car, according to David Ornstein of The Athletic.

The East London side have been linked with a number of defensive reinforcements this month, with the Croatian the latest to join the list.

Caleta-Car is halfway through his third season at the Ligue 1 side on a contract that expires after the 2022/23 season, with reports also linking him with Liverpool and Newcastle.

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There is no doubt that West Ham’s priority this window should be a striker. However, the 2018 World Cup runner-up would offer European experience to the Hammers backline.

He has made 25 Europa League appearances in his career so far. Including 13 in the 207/18 campaign en route to the semi-final with former club Red Bull Salzburg. The 25-year-old would later be signed by the team that narrowly knocked the Austrian side out of the competition – Marseille.

David Moyes’ marquee summer signing was Kurt Zouma from Chelsea. The Frenchman quickly established himself in the starting eleven before picking up an injury in December. The Hammers also lost Angelo Ogbonna to a season-ending injury in November.

This left West Ham with Issa Diop and Craig Dawson as the club’s only fit centre-half pairing, both of whom suffer lapses in form. Zouma made his return to the pitch in the Hammers 1-0 loss against Manchester United, but the East London side will still need cover for the remainder of the season.

Caleta-Car would fit right in. He would offer depth to a squad still fighting in the FA Cup as well as the race for the top four. West Ham would also benefit from his European experience as they prepare for the Europe League knockout stages for the first time.

David Moyes is remaining hopeful

The Scot is yet to add to his squad in the January transfer window. Although he remains optimistic about getting some new players through the door before it shuts in seven days.

Speaking to the press ahead of The Hammers clash with Manchester United he said: “They’ve [The Board] said to me ‘Go and get what you need if you can, David.’ But players are expensive in this window at the moment.

‘There’s also not a great pool of players available. In the positions we’re looking for, we’ve found it quite difficult to identify and get ones who we think could come in and make a difference in this window immediately.’

‘In the last January windows, we’ve been able to do that. This window’s felt a bit more difficult, but if things go right, I’m still hopeful that we’ll add a couple of players before the window closes.”

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