By George Overhill

8th Aug, 2022 | 3:40pm

West Ham United hold PSG Thilo Kehrer talks, eye deal before Nottingham Forest on Sunday

West Ham have held talks with Paris Saint-Germain over German defender Thilo Kehrer as they look to sign a player before Sunday (14 August), Dharmesh Sheth reports.

The Hammers were forced to play Ben Johnson in central defence against Erling Haaland in the opening loss to Manchester City, after Craig Dawson joined Angelo Ogbonna and Nayef Aguerd on the sidelines.

The Italian is still not fully recovered from his ACL injury and the Moroccan is out for weeks after surgery, while odd man out Issa Diop is now on his way to Fulham [Dharmesh Sheth].

As such, the Irons are pushing to find a solution as a matter of urgency, but may face competition for 25-year-old Germany international.

Writing on Twitter the Sky Sports reporter said on Monday afternoon (8 August): “West Ham United have held initial talks with PSG over the signing of defender Thilo Kehrer.

“Sevilla are also interested – they can offer Champions League football.

“West Ham looking to bring in a central defender before Sunday’s game at Nottingham Forest.”

Priority

David Moyes has already been struck by exactly the defensive issue he had tried to avoid with his first move in the transfer market this summer.

The signing of Aguerd was supposed to sure up the back line against the sort of situation that has now transpired in the opening game.

Since Diop’s time has clearly gone and he wasn’t even turned to in an emergency against City, the manager will have to move fast to plug this gap, especially with alternative Conor Coady heading off the market elsewhere.

Kehrer makes a lot of sense since he has only a year left on his contact with the French champions, and is versatile enough to play at full back.

Considering the amount of injuries that have been racked up in defence over the past year that quality could be invaluable, and at 25 he could become a fixture at the club long term.

West Ham can’t afford to let the hard work in the transfer market over the summer go to waste with a poor start to the season thanks to gaps in the defence, so if the price is right for Kehrer, who has 20 caps for Germany, he looks like a viable solution to the crisis.