West Ham could sign a new defender this week amid links to Manchester United’s Eric Bailly and Paris Saint-Germain’s Thilo Kehrer.
The Hammers are desperate for a new centre-back after agreeing a deal for Issa Diop to join Fulham.
Nayef Aguerd signed from Rennes in a £30million deal earlier this summer but suffered an ankle injury during pre-season.
Manager David Moyes has called on West Ham’s hierarchy to freshen up the squad before the transfer window shuts at the end of August.
The Hammers lost 2-0 at home to champions Manchester City on Sunday and travel to Nottingham Forest next.
talkSPORT understands a new centre-back could be brought in by then, with Bailly and Kehrer on the club’s shortlist.
Ivory Coast defender Bailly is not part of United’s plans this season and Germany international Kehrer could be available on a cut-price deal with his contract in Paris due to expire next summer.
Neither player is expected to cost a great deal more than the £15m being recouped for Diop from Fulham.
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“West Ham really want to bring a centre-back in, maybe even before their next Premier League game this weekend,” talkSPORT transfer guru Alex Crook said.
“Issa Diop is close to leaving for Fulham, we are expecting confirmation very shortly, a fee of around £15m plus add-ons.
“It leaves them short at the back, especially as Aguerd is out injured.
“There are a couple of names in the frame, one of them is Kehrer.
“And they are among a cluster of clubs monitoring Eric Bailly. He was in the stands as United lost to Brighton.
“He is wanted by Sevilla and Jose Mourinho at Roma has expressed an interest.”
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