West Ham United have been linked with a move for Torino defender Gleison Bremer ahead of the January transfer window, with David Moyes desperate to reinforce his depleted backline.
According to Italian outlet Torino Granata, the Hammers are one of several sides keen to secure the highly-rated 24-year-old’s signature, with Liverpool, Chelsea, Napoli, AC Milan and Juventus all listed as potential suitors.
The report claims that the Serie A outfit’s current £95m debt is a major factor behind the Brazilian potentially leaving Turin over the coming months, meaning an imminent exit could be on the cards.
After arriving in Italian football from his homeland back in 2018, the South American has made a big impact at Torino, scoring 12 goals and providing a further five assists in 93 appearances for the Bulls.
Bremer enjoyed a real breakout campaign during 2020/21, though, playing a pivotal part as his side narrowly avoided relegation from the top-flight. And he’s gone from strength to strength in the current campaign.
As per WhoScored, the centre-back has averaged 3.5 interceptions per league game, a whopping 3.9 clearances and 0.7 blocks, while also winning 3.8 aerial duels, outperforming his teammates in each metric.
After achieving an overall rating of 7.32 out of 10 – comfortably outperforming all of his colleagues – Bremer has been labelled as the ‘best defender in Serie A’ this season by Italian football expert Carlo Garganese.
“Bremer has been highly-rated for a while, with the Brazilian heavily linked with a move to the Premier League last season,” wrote Garganese. “However, it is this season where he has truly exploded and demonstrated that he is certainly ready to join a big club.”
“The 24-year-old has undoubtedly been the best defender in Serie A in the first half of the season, despite playing for a mid-table Torino side. The centre back boasts excellent pace, is aggressive and is superb in the air.”
With first-choice centre-backs Angelo Ogbonna and Kurt Zouma set for extended spells on the sidelines due to serious injuries, Moyes needs to invest in that position over the winter window.
As a result, a move for Bremer, who has been described as “incredible” in the past by former Torino manager Davide Nicola, makes sense for several reasons.
The £13.5m-rated beast has showcased his talent in a top league over an extended period of time, would be available as a reasonable price and would instantly solve West Ham’s injury crisis at the back.
It remains to be seen whether Moyes and co. follow up their apparent interest in Bremer with a formal offer, but it’s certainly something the capital club’s hierarchy should carefully consider.