West Ham are plotting a move for Eintracht Frankfurt defender Martin Hinteregger, according to Football Insider.
The reliable football outlet claim that the Hammers are long-term admirers of the 27-year-old centre-back and have reignited their pursuit of him ahead of the January window after his stellar form in the Bundesliga this season.
Football Insider report that Hinteregger is regarded as one of the best left-sided centre-backs in the Bundesliga and is currently valued at £22million.
The Hammers have suffered a dip in form, they haven’t won any of their last four league games, so it’s no surprise that the club are already thinking about the January window. However, it is a little bit of a shock that the Hammers are thinking about strengthening at the back rather than trying to find a forward who could play alongside Sebastien Haller or be a reliable back-up option for him. As after all Albian Ajeti is currently the club’s second-choice striker, and the 22-year-old looks more like a player for the future than anything else, based on him only getting to play 64 minutes in the Premier League. Yet that said, if the Hammers do want to strengthen at the back, Hinteregger is a fine option to consider. The 6ft 1in tall centre-back, as per Transfermarket, has shown that he is effective at the back this season, he has averaged 1.9 tackles as well as 1.2 interceptions per game across his nine league outings (Source: WhoScored), and he has been impressing going forward. Hinteregger has scored four goals and assisted one across the 18 appearances he has made for Eintracht Frankfurt this season, and the Hammers aren’t exactly in a position to ignore adding a player who is an all-around threat.