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West Ham United are considering a move for Eintracht Frankfurt centre-back Martin Hinteregger, according to Football Insider.
Having paid a club-record fee to sign Sebastien Haller from the Bundesliga outfit during the summer, the Hammers are now said to have his former teammate firmly on their radar for the January transfer window.
The Austria international could be a useful addition to Manuel Pellegrini’s side, for the defensive contributions he makes, which are obviously important due to the position he plays, but also his goal threat.
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Standing at 186cm tall, Hinteregger has used his frame to become a real goal threat for Frankfurt this campaign, having already notched four goals across the Europa League and Bundesliga.
That Hinteregger is a left-sided centre-back could also play into his favour if he eventually makes the move to London Stadium, as Issa Diop has started every league game this season, while the spot next to the Frenchman is seemingly up for grabs.
With Fabian Balbuena having recently dethroned Angelo Ogbonna to be Diop’s partner, starting the last two games, Hinteregger would likely need to do the same to the Paraguayan.
As shown in the infographic above, the Frankurt man has outdone Balbuena in all of the defensive categories mentioned, apart from clearances per game.
This comes in a Frankfurt team that has conceded 15 goals in 10 league matches this term, whereas the Hammers have shipped 17 goals in 11.
Hinteregger’s statistics indicate that he could help West Ham bring that number down, while he could also raise the number of goals scored from set-pieces, which already stands at 3, the sixth-highest total in the Premier League.
With this in mind, the towering defender would certainly be a useful addition for the club if a move can be completed.