Pete O’Rourke has dropped a teasing transfer claim concerning West Ham United’s interest in a deal to bring Gleison Bremer to the London Stadium.
In recent comments made to Football FanCast, the transfer insider revealed that David Moyes’ side, who had been heavily linked with a move for the Torino centre-back in the buildup to the January transfer window, have indeed been keeping a very close eye on the situation of the 24-year-old ahead of a potential swoop – with the Serie A side reported to be demanding a figure of around €30m (£25m) in order to part with the Brazilian.
Speaking about the interest in Bremer, the journalist told FFC: “He’s a player who has been linked with the Premier League before, West Ham and Liverpool have looked at him.”
Considering just how much West Ham have struggled defensively following the loss of both Kurt Zouma and Angelo Ogbonna to injury, the news that the Hammers are closely monitoring potential centre-back targets – particularly one with the ability of Bremer – in the January transfer window is sure to have left the London Stadium faithful buzzing.
Indeed, over the seven fixtures in which Moyes has been without his first-choice centre-back pairing, the Irons have lost three games and conceded 11 goals – form which could well prove to be extremely costly for the club’s top-four chances once the sides currently below them in the table have played their games in hand.
As such, it is clear to see that the Hammers are in desperate need of greater depth in the heart of their defence, with Bremer appearing to a make fantastic addition to the 58-year-old’s current options at the London Stadium.
Indeed, over his 20 Serie A appearances so far this season, the £18m-rated defender has helped his side keep five clean sheets, as well as making an average of a colossal 3.5 interceptions – the most of any player in the Italian top-flight – 1.6 tackles, 3.8 clearances, 37.3 passes and winning 6.4 duels per game.
The £18k-per-week centre-back – who is also adept at playing left and right-back – has also chipped in for his side going forwards, scoring two goals and registering one assist, as well as taking an average of 0.8 shots and making 0.3 key passes per fixture.
As such, it would appear that a move for Bremer would be highly advisable one for Moyes to make this winter, as the 6 foot 2 colossus would undoubtedly be an adequate replacement for Ogbonna – and perhaps even a better long-term option than the 33-year-old Italian.