By Pranav Shahaney

8th Nov, 2022 | 8:10pm

West Ham United and Nottingham Forest plot January transfer for World Cup 2022 bound defender Aaron Long

West Ham and Nottingham Forest are reportedly plotting a move for United States international defender Aaron Long in January.

According to TEAMtalk (8 November), the 30-year-old has been a long-term target at London Stadium and the hierarchy is now keen on signing him.

Along with the two aforementioned clubs, Bournemouth have also been showing an interest in securing his services.

Not needed

It makes no sense for West Ham to enter the market for another centre-back once the window opens in January.

The Hammers signed two in the summer with Nayef Aguerd and Thilo Kehrer walking through the door and already have Kurt Zouma and Craig Dawson.

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In addition to this, they’ve also got Angelo Ogbonna and Ben Johnson who has played in a back three on numerous occasions.

Signing someone who’s 30 and without any Premier League experience, makes very little sense for the club as there are other areas that need to be strengthened.

If Tomas Soucek leaves, signing a new midfielder will be the need of the hour and David Moyes may even want another wide attacker to add to his options.

We do not see them pursuing a move for a centre-back in January unless the club are two defenders short due to an unplanned exit and/or a long-term injury crisis.