By Saikat Mandal

11th Nov, 2021 | 9:10am

View: West Ham should reignite interest in Nathaniel Phillips

West Ham could change their transfer plans in January following the injury to Angelo Ogbonna.

The 33-year-old has picked a serious knee ligament injury during West Ham’s 3-2 win against Liverpool last Sunday.

There is a fear that the central defender might not play again for the club this season. If he undergoes surgery, he could be out for six to eight months.

On top of that, considering his age, he could need more time to return to full fitness.

David Moyes needs to sign a striker in January. Michail Antonio remains the club’s only real striker at the moment and the Hammers need to sign another back-up option for him.

However, the injury to Ogbonna means, Moyes will probably need to add another defender to his ranks, even on a short-term basis.

He has the likes of Issa Diop, Craig Dawson and Kurt Zouma while Declan Rice can also play at the back, but with the Hammers progressing in Europe, an extra body in defence is needed.

With that in mind, the Hammers should try to make another attempt to sign Nathaniel Phillips from Liverpool.

According to The Athletic, West Ham registered an interest in signing Phillips during the summer transfer window and Liverpool were ready to sell him for £15million if an offer around that came in.

The 24-year-old was superb last season for the Reds as he deputised in place of senior injured defenders at the club.

However, this season, he has just managed three appearances for the club in all competitions. He has dropped down the pecking order at the club, and could be tempted to move away from Anfield with the lure of first-team football.

He would be a smart signing for the Hammers, and given his lack of participation this season, West Ham should look to get him either on loan or permanently at a reduced price.

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