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West Ham may change January transfer plans after Phillips injury

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West Ham may change January transfer plans after Phillips injury

West Ham may change January transfer plans after Phillips injury

West Ham United is likely to change their plans of January transfer after their target Liverpool defender Nat Phillips picked up an injury. Following club injuries, the Hammers are contemplating signing center-back in the New Year but Phillips may have to be struck off their shortlist after fracturing his cheekbone.

While Ogbonna is sidelined with a knee problem Zouma is expected to be out for around three months with a serious hamstring injury. West Ham coach David Moyes confirmed this week that the club were looking to the transfer market to address the problem, which has left Craig Dawson and Issa Diop as the only two senior centre-backs available.

“We have been looking to add to the forward players. We tried in the summer for a forward but there was nothing. Now we have to consider looking for a defender if possible,” he said on Wednesday.

“I’ll see what we think the recovery time of players coming back is as well, that could have an influence on whether we need to take somebody immediately or if we think we can wait a bit later in January.”

Liverpool’s Phillips, who was considered on the options by West Ham, told the club website this week about his move: “All I can do is apply myself as much as possible in training and develop myself as much as possible.”

“I feel like I’ve been seeing those developments over the last few seasons. Obviously, I want to be playing as much as possible but the competition is really difficult, so I’ve got to be ready when I’m called upon.”

Liverpool coach Jurgen Klopp told his pre-match press conference: “I’m very happy that Nat is here, to be honest, but we will not block anything I think. It’s not the plan at all but who knows what happens until January.”

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