By George Overhill

5th Aug, 2022 | 4:10pm

West Ham United could be interested in Wolves captain Conor Coady - ExWHUemployee

West Ham may be ready to turn to Wolves captain Conor Coady to solve their defensive logjam after Nayef Aguerd’s injury, according to ExWHUemployee.

The 29-year-old’s position at Molineux is not as secure as it has been for the last few seasons and is therefore likely to be available.

After headline defensive signing Aguerd was ruled out for up to three months after picking up an injury in the preseason friendly against Rangers David Moyes’ plans at the back have ground to a halt, as it has prevented the expected sale of odd-man-out Issa Diop.

The club are looking for other options to bring in as cover in order to address the issue, which the reliable club insider ExWHUemployee confirmed, but believes Coady is likely to be on the list.

Responding to a question on Twitter about interest in the centre-back they wrote: “Probably some yeah as we are looking for a centre back and he is a decent premier league player although at this point I think other targets ahead and he probably wants guarantee start which we can’t offer. Depends on other targets which will be clear soon.”

Out of reach?

Everton seem to be pushing to pick up Coady themselves, which probably comes as no surprise as the Toffees have now replaced Newcastle as the regular opponent for Irons targets this summer.

Amadou Onana appeared set for the Hammers and is now on the brink of signing at Goodison, and the reverse is the case with Maxwel Cornet.

Everton’s defence was much more of a mess last season than Moyes’ was, with both suffering a lot of injuries.

They have added James Tarkowski already this summer so whether they can guarantee a starting position for Coady has to be a question as well, although when fit the options at the London Stadium are likely stronger.

It looks like it is going to require some very quick movement to be able to jump into the chase for the Wolves skipper, but if he is available for a manageable fee he is certainly worth a look.

Plenty of Premier League experience and now a pretty regular England international, with presumably a good few years still left to his career, he could be a sensible option, but if West Ham aren’t ready to move for him now he may be out of reach.