By Sean Fisher

23rd Nov, 2022 | 6:10pm

West Ham United enquire about Juventus gem Koni De Winter, transfer on cards

West Ham are one of five clubs eyeing up a move for 20-year-old Juventus defender Koni De Winter with contact being made already, according to Tutto Juve.

West Ham already have one eye on the January transfer window, and it seems David Moyes could look to bring in a new defender to the London Stadium.

De Winter, who is currently out on loan with Empoli, is a youngster held in high regard by parent club Juventus. But with the 20-year-old wanting more game time the Old Lady could be forced to sell – and they’re not short of buyers.

According to Italian outlet Tutto Juve, West Ham are one of three Premier League clubs chasing the Belgian’s signature, with Southampton and Crystal Palace also interested. As are Bundesliga duo Bayer Leverkusen and Borussia Monchengladbach.

The report suggests that Juventus are reluctant to let De Winter leave, but that his valuation likely sits between £15-£20million.

Get it done

There is a very good chance that West Ham could find themselves short in defence in the second half of the season.

It’s no secret that Craig Dawson is eyeing up an exit to move north with his family [The Athletic], and the 32-year-old would be a huge miss – even more so if no replacement is found.

However, it seems the club are moving quickly to make sure that the blow of his departure is softened by a new incoming. De Winter certainly doesn’t offer the leadership or experience that Dawson does, but he’s very young, adaptable and has space to grow and improve.

On top of that, he’s physical, athletic and looks to be a good fit for Moyes’ style of play. Plus, with more pace at the back Moyes may be able to implement the high line he’s occasionally experimented with this season.

For a reasonable price, West Ham should try and get the deal across the line early. If Dawson does leave in January then having De Winter settled and ready to feature in the first team could be vital.