‘I know’ – Sky reporter makes live TV transfer request involving West Ham and 28-year-old ‘beast’

Speaking live on Sky Sports’ Transfer Show on Thursday, as reported by West Ham Zone, Kaveh Solhekol made a claim involving Irons and Sevilla defender Diego Carlos.

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The Lowdown: West Ham on the hunt for defenders?

Although Kurt Zouma’s summer signing is closing in on a return from injury, manager David Moyes and chief recruiting officer Rob Newman have always been tipped to potentially sign a centre-back this month.

At one point this was seen as a top priority for the Irons due to the absences of Zouma and Angelo Ogbonna from the squad with names like Burnley’s James Tarkowski and Liverpool’s Nathaniel Phillips linked on several occasions.

As the January 31 deadline approaches, West Ham’s search for a major mid-season signing continues, with Solhekol now sharing what he knows after speculation arose that the Hammers could be the unnamed team from London to match Newcastle United’s bid for Carlos.

The latest: Solhekol makes a live TV claim…

Giving an on-air statement implicating West Ham and the 28-year-old reporter, the Sky reporter moved quickly to quash any rumors that Moyes’ men were the mystery club.

“I know for a fact it’s not West Ham United,” he said (via WHZ).

“That leaves Chelsea, Spurs, Crystal Palace and I’m not sure Crystal Palace are looking to sign a centre-back or spend £30m on a centre-back.”

Verdict: No surprise…

The colossal Brazilian, had West Ham made the offer, would no doubt excite the fans based on his reputation – but the player’s price tag could be too big a hurdle for GSB.

Hailed as a ‘beast’ and a ‘revelation’ by Spanish football analyst Domagoj Kostanjšak, Carlos has averaged 3.6 clearances per 90 in his first 20 Spanish starts this campaign (WhoScored).

Compared to West Ham’s current crop, only Zouma has managed more in this period (5.2) – perhaps indicating he would have been a complementary partner in central defense for Moyes.

Alas, with the Irons not in contention after all, it looks like the Scotsman could aim for other defensive targets, and perhaps those with a cheaper price tag.

In other news: ExWHU employee: West Ham deal to sign £17.10m ‘world-class’ striker ‘still to be done’, read more here.