West Ham’s stance on January move for Liverpool star revealed after injury setback

West Ham’s stance on January move for Liverpool star revealed after injury setback

West Ham’s defence hit hard

West Ham have had a superb start to the 2021/22 campaign.

The Hammers are currently 4th in the Premier League and have picked up some impressive wins over Liverpool and Chelsea.

However, both of those wins would come at a price to their backline. Firstly, vs Liverpool, Angelo Ogbonna would suffer a knee injury, which has ruled him out for the season:

Then, after seeing off Chelsea this past weekend, Kurt Zouma suffered an injury which could keep him out for up to 12 weeks.

West Ham eyeing centre-back cover

With West Ham fighting for a top-four spot and still going strong in Europe, the Hammers cannot really afford to have two key senior central defenders out of action.

So, the report from the Evening Standard recently which claimed West Ham had green-lit a January move for a centre-back was not at all surprising.

One of the names said to be of interest to West Ham in the report from the ES was Liverpool’s Nathaniel Phillips.

Phillips had been on the fringes of Jurgen Klopp’s side for much of this season, but reminded everyone of his quality with an impressive showing vs AC Milan earlier this month.

However, it was then reported this past Friday that Phillips would be out for 4-5 weeks with a fractured cheekbone:

This, in some people’s view, may have been a blow to West Ham and their hopes of signing Phillips.

However, a fresh report from the Evening Standard on Tuesday suggests that the Londoners will still try and sign the Liverpool man in January:

West Ham are prepared to push ahead with a move for Liverpool defender Nat Phillips in January, despite his recent injury.

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# Team MP D P
1 Manchester City 16 24 38
2 Liverpool FC 16 33 37
3 Chelsea FC 16 27 36
4 West Ham United 16 9 28
5 Manchester United 16 2 27
6 Arsenal FC 16 -1 26
7 Tottenham Hotspur 14 -1 25
8 Leicester City 16 0 22
9 Wolverhampton Wanderers 16 -2 21
10 Brentford FC 16 -1 20
11 Brighton & Hove Albion 15 -2 20
12 Crystal Palace 16 0 19
13 Aston Villa 16 -4 19
14 Everton FC 16 -8 18
15 Leeds United 16 -8 16
16 Southampton FC 16 -10 16
17 Watford FC 16 -10 13
18 Burnley FC 15 -7 11
19 Newcastle United 16 -17 10
20 Norwich City 16 -24 10
Player Team Goals
Salah, Mohamed Liverpool FC 14
Vardy, Jamie Leicester City 9
Jota, Diogo Liverpool FC 8
Dennis, Emmanuel Watford FC 7
Ronaldo, Cristiano Manchester United 7
Mane, Sadio Liverpool FC 7
Silva, Bernardo Manchester City 7
Raphinha Leeds United 7
Mount, Mason Chelsea FC 6
Antonio, Michail West Ham United 6
Gallagher, Conor Crystal Palace 6
Son, Heung Min Tottenham Hotspur 6
Wilson, Callum Newcastle United 6
Maupay, Neal Brighton & Hove Albion 6
Fernandes, Bruno Manchester United 5
King, Joshua Watford FC 5
Gray, Demarai Everton FC 5
Smith-Rowe, Emile Arsenal FC 5
Watkins, Ollie Aston Villa 5
Pukki, Teemu Norwich City 5

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