West Ham United have reportedly offered former Liverpool and Southampton centre-back Dejan Lovren a two-year deal with David Moyes keen to bolster his defense this summer.
What is the story?
According to Italian outlet Tuttomercatoweb, the Hammers are ready to save the current Zenit Saint Petersburg defender from any serious complications following the Russian invasion of Ukraine.
It is even believed that the Irons have offered him a two-year contract to return to the Premier League.
FIFA has opened a month-long transfer window to sign players from Ukraine and Russia which will end on April 7, although it is believed the Premier League could to block any attempted transfer in order to maintain sporting integrity.
The East London club currently have few options at the back and will certainly need to strengthen their defensive arsenal this summer.
Angelo Ogbonna was ruled out for the season in November with an ACL injury while Issa Diop has been unreliable at times, making Kurt Zouma and Craig Dawson the current first-choice pairing.
West Ham must avoid signing Lovren
The 32-year-old Croatian would no doubt add experience to the West Ham ranks, however, based on his time at Liverpool, the defender may not be the answer to the Hammers’ predicament at the moment. back.
Lovren has faced criticism on numerous occasions at Anfield, including from NBC Sports pundit Kyle Martino in 2017, who called the defender “a serious manager”.
Former Liverpool centre-back Jamie Carragher also had strong words to say about the Croatian, pointing to him as the Reds’ weak point in a Merseyside derby against Everton, saying: “He’s too emotional, that has always been his problem. He always feels he has to win a fight, has to win a challenge.
“I used to play in that position as a central defender and sometimes you have to accept that someone can be stronger and faster. You have to get into positions and try to maintain them.
“I said before they were too often they put the ball down Virgil van Dijk’s throat, but as soon as Lovren came in they hit that channel and that’s the channel to hit.”
Lovren left Liverpool for Zenit in August 2020 for an estimated fee of around £10.9m and you would have been forgiven if you thought that would be the last time the Premier League would see the defender.
West Ham will no doubt have to add to their current options at the back, however, having been linked with Sven Botman and Duje Caleta-Car, the prospect of signing a player who was certainly unpopular at Liverpool will disappoint Hammers supporters.
In Diop, the Irons already have a defender who has faced criticism, especially after his FA Cup display against non-league Kidderminster Harriers, and so are unwilling to add another calamity at the back.
Moreover, at 32, the Croatian would not be a long-term solution, with Moyes keen to build a project at the London stadium. It would be wise for the East London club to look elsewhere.
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