West Ham United are currently sat in sixth place in the Premier League table with 51 points from 31 games played.
In those games, the east London club have conceded 40 goals in total, more than the likes of Tottenham Hotspur, Arsenal and Wolves.
Even though there are still a few weeks left until the campaign ends, it seems as though the Hammers may have identified one potential summer transfer target that could come in and strengthen David Moyes’ side at the back.
According to a recent report from the Daily Mail, West Ham are one of the clubs interested in signing FC Koln defender Timo Hubers this summer in what could be a £6m deal.
The report also includes fellow Premier League clubs Newcastle United, Leeds United, Crystal Palace and Southampton alongside Championship side Fulham with a reported interest in the defender.
After working his way through Hannover 96’s youth academy, the defender then joined Koln’s youth side in 2015, only to then return to Hannover a year later.
Overall, the centre-back has made a total of 161 appearances for both of those German clubs across their senior and youth sides, chipping in with 14 goals and three assists along the way.
With 15 Bundesliga appearances under his belt this season, Hubers has earned himself an overall performance rating of 7.13 from WhoScored, making him the highest-rated player at Koln.
This rating would make him the second-highest rated player at West Ham by the same metric.
To further highlight the German’s defensive talent, he currently has the highest average for blocks (0.8), clearances (4.9) and interceptions per game (2.7) out of any of his teammates this season as well as the third-highest average of tackles per game (2.1) in the league.
Praised for his “exemplary” behaviour by Hannover’s sporting director Gerhard Zuber, after being one of the first football players in Germany to test positive for the worldwide virus back in March 2020, Hubers could be an ideal replacement for current Hammers defender Issa Diop, who has been linked with a move to Lyon in the summer.
While Diop hasn’t impressed on the pitch when he’s been given the chance to play in the league, adding a player like Hubers to the squad if the Frenchman does leave as a better backup option for the Hammers could be just what Moyes needs to strengthen that area of the squad and to help them stop conceding as many goals.