By Saikat Mandal

24th Jan, 2023 | 9:10pm

West Ham United must strike deal for Michael Keane, long-term replacement for Angelo Ogbonna

West Ham United should look to add a new defender in the final week of the January transfer window following the departure of Craig Dawson. 

David Moyes does have plenty of options at his disposal, but the club will definitely miss the quality and experience of Dawson who finally moved on to join Wolves in the past week. 

Dawson’s fitness and consistency have been key elements in West Ham’s progress under Moyes. 

While Moyes has the luxury of Nayef Aguerd, Thilo Kehrer, Kurt Zouma, and Angelo Ogbonna as options, any injury to either of the two new signings would leave the club short of options. 

That is why the Hammers must move for Michael Keane, irrespective of what’s going on at Everton at the moment. 

Sky Sports journalist Ben Grounds reported on 23 January that Keane wanted to join West Ham or Southampton. However, with Jan Bednarek returning to St Mary’s, Keane has probably no chance of moving there. 

Keane has managed only one Premier League appearance all season and was frozen out by Frank Lampard. 

The central defender who has made 350 appearances in his club career could look to revive his career under a new manager, following the sacking of Lampard on Monday (23 January). 

However, he would be a fantastic signing for the Hammers. The 30-year-old defender won’t be a regular starter at the club, but he would be a handy squad player. 

Ogbonna is set to leave the club next summer with his contract expiring. West Ham will lose two senior defenders, and they need to fill that void with someone who has got Premier League experience. 

Keane, who has made 189 appearances for Everton since joining the club in 2017, looks a perfect solution. He can be error-prone at times but can come up with terrific performances as well. 

He would be desperate to be back on the pitch again, and West Ham should look to offer him the escape route.