By Saikat Mandal

19th Jan, 2022 | 4:31pm

West Ham still in the hunt to sign PSG defender Layvin Kurzawa

West Ham are still interested in signing Paris Saint-Germain defender Laywin Kurzawa, according to reports from Foot Mercato.

The report claims that the 29-year-old defender has been offered to Premier League outfit Chelsea, but Thomas Tuchel has turned down the opportunity to sign him.

Although the Hammers are still lurking around, they are not necessarily in pole position to secure his signature.

His advisor, Mikael Silvestre, has been offering him to many clubs, including teams in Italy like Lazio, Inter Milan and Napoli.

The four-time Ligue 1 winner has a contract at PSG till 2024 but has made only one appearance for the club so far this season.

No need

Do West Ham need to sign a left-back?

No. Not in the January transfer window.

Aaron Cresswell has been playing on top of his game this season, and barring injuries he is likely to play a huge role for the rest of the campaign.

Arthur Masuaku hasn’t been consistent always, but he can be a reliable deputy.

Then there is Ben Johnson who can play at both a right-back and a left-back for the club. In the long run, a new left-back would be a welcome addition, but not in this month.

West Ham need something else. Signing a centre-back is a priority for the Hammers, even though Kurt Zouma is set to return from a long injury lay-off.

Also, bolstering the forward department is key. A top-quality striker who can compete with Michail Antonio for the starting role is ideal, but even an attacking winger who can add goals to his game can be effective, a la Jesse Lingard.  

In other West Ham news, ExWHUemployee has issued an update on their quest to sign Adam Hlozek

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