By Joe Ellis

11th Jan, 2022 | 2:10pm

Bournemouth to stand firm over West Ham-linked Lloyd Kelly

West Ham attempts to sign Bournemouth defender Lloyd Kelly appear to be in vain as the Championship club are keen to keep their captain.

The 23-year-old has been one of the Cherries’ best players so far this season as they sit pretty at the top of the Championship, attempting to return to the top flight.

According to Football League World, the club is refusing to discuss the prospect of Kelly leaving, and any enquiries made will be met with a “silly” price tag to fend off suitors.

Not worth the hassle

There is no doubting Kelly’s ability as a player and if he was available for the right price, then he should definitely be considered as a potential new addition.

But for “silly” money, which could be in excess of £50million, he simply isn’t worth going through all the trouble for.

It is well known that David Moyes is keen to see a central defender arrive at the London Stadium with a long term injury to Angelo Ogbonna and Kurt Zouma still out limiting his options.

That could play a part in Bournemouth ramping up the price tag on Kelly’s head with the Hammers nearing desperation in their bid to sign a defender.

They are also likely to miss out on Burnley’s stalwart James Tarkowski in this transfer window which adds more jeopardy to the situation.

Relievingly for Moyes, West Ham Under-23s are flying high at the top of Premier League 2 and possess the best defence in the competition.

Ajibola Alese and Jamal Baptiste have formed a good partnership at the heart of the defence and further issues could see one, or even both, get a chance in the Hammers’ first team.

In other West Ham news, talks between the Hammers and another Premier League club have broken down.