WEST HAM are considering the loan of Nathan Ake after being rocked by the news that Kurt Zouma faces months out due to injury.
Zouma limped off in their 3-2 win over their London rivals on Saturday and scans confirmed a serious hamstring injury that is expected to keep him out until March.
It was a huge blow for coach David Moyes, who has seen other centre-back Angelo Ogbonna’s first-choice ruled out of the season with a knee injury.
And there’s worse news after fellow defender Ben Johnson was also revealed to have suffered a low-grade hamstring strain, forcing him out for about a month.
So with just two senior centre-backs available to him, Moyes is in dire need of someone early in the transfer window.
Manchester City’s Ake is an obvious choice, given his proven ability in the Premier League and the fact that he can play on the left side of defence.
The 26-year-old Dutchman has started just three league games this season and is City’s fourth choice at centre-back – and the Hammers hope they can tempt him with an offer to start. regularly in the first team.
They won’t be able to put up a huge fee for the former Bournemouth star but a loan deal could suit all parties, if they can convince Pep Guardiola to release him from his squad.
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Zouma has been a mainstay at the back for the Hammers since moving to the club for £29.8m from Chelsea in August.
Moyes only praised the impact the France international had at the London Stadium in building on last week’s win, which helped West Ham cement a fourth place in the Premier League.
But hopes of a top-four finish this season are in serious jeopardy, with Craig Dawson and Issa Diop the only senior centre-backs still fit for the club.
The Hammers now face six Premier League games to negotiate with the pair before they can bring someone new into their squad when the window opens.
And they also face a Europa League clash with Dinamo Zagreb and a Carabao Cup quarter-final against Tottenham in a busy period for the club.
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https://www.the-sun.com/sport/premier-league/4222589/west-ham-transfer-ake-zouma/ West Ham are considering a loan transfer bid for Man City star Nathan Ake after injury Kurt Zouma added to a defensive crisis