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Here’s the latest on West Ham’s search for a defender…

West Ham are likely to go shopping in the Championship as their search for defensive reinforcements continues.

Despite Sunday’s superb display at Leicester, assistant manager Alan Irvine says the Hammers are still short of numbers at the back. However, after keeping back-to-back clean sheets for the first time since September 2019, there will be no desperate scramble to land a signing on deadline day.

If a satisfactory deal can be agreed in the final hours of the window, there is interest in Bayer Leverkusen’s Jonathan Tah on loan with an option to buy.

Premier League clubs are still able to sign from the Football League – a favoured hunting ground of manager David Moyes – until October 16, and West Ham are interested in both Watford’s Craig Dawson and Swansea’s Joe Rodon.

“It was more the fact that we were light in terms of numbers and competition, rather than it being that we don’t have good defenders. It is more a case of if we lost a defender over the season through injury or suspension then we are light,” Irvine said yesterday.

“When you sit down as we do every day and plan training, looking at the squad and thinking “we need more defenders”, we certainly do.”

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