Date: 17th October 2019 at 1:30pm
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have identified the positions they need to strengthen in January, and have begun the process of picking out specific players to do so, according to reliable source .

The Hammers are understood to be looking for a new centre-back and a forward to provide cover for summer signing Sebastien Haller.

Speaking on the West Ham Way podcast, Ex said: “In terms of transfers, of course they haven’t made any moves yet, but they are looking at a centre back and forward cover for January.

“They’ve identified those positions and they’ looking at players. Obviously it’s early days.”

OPINION

To be fair to the Hammers, bringing in a new forward seems like a smart move. After all, if you take Sebastien Haller out of the equation, they are left with , who has yet to show anything to suggest he is up to the task of leading the line consistently, and , who himself is still out injured. By contrast, a new centre-half seems like less of an obvious decision. With  and Angelo both performing well this term,  waiting in the wings, and on course for a return to action pretty soon, the implication would be that one of those four is not fancied by Pellegrini. You have to fear for Balbuena and Reid.