Three January options West Ham could pursue in hunt for new defender

Zouma is set to be out for at least two months after suffering a hamstring tendon injury during Saturday’s 3-2 win over his former club Chelsea at the London Stadium.

West Ham are involved in four competitions across that time and Moyes has been left with just Craig Dawson and Issa Diop as his only senior centre-backs across until January.

The club is ready to back Moyes to sign defensive cover as West Ham bid to sustain their top-four push and continue to progress in the Europa League.

Here, Standard Sport assesses three options the Hammers could pursue.

Moyes is a long-term admirer of Tarkowski, who West Ham pushed hard to sign during the 2020 summer transfer window only to have a number of bids knocked back by Burnley.

The 29-year-old, capped twice by England, is out of contract at the end of the season and would be keen to work with Moyes at the London Stadium.

Burnley, though, are believed to still value Tarkowski at up to £20million despite his contract situation, a price West Ham would be unwilling to meet.

Furthermore, there has been no formal approach to Burnley by West Ham and Tarkowski is relaxed about seeing out his contract.

The Liverpool defender was this week compared to Italy legend Franco Baresi by Rio Ferdinand following his performance against AC Milan in the Champions League on Tuesday, which is not a bad reference for the CV.

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