By Mike Southey

4th Sep, 2020 | 2:00pm

West Ham United join Newcastle in race for Serie A defender - report

West Ham United are looking to reinforce their defensive options this summer after selling a number of players.

Grady Diangana is set to join Albian Ajeti on his way out from the London Stadium this weekend as David Moyes looks to create funds.

ExWHUemployee reported that Moyes will be strengthening his defence as a priority after confirming the exit of Diangana.

It didn’t take long for the links to start, either.

West Ham have joined the race with Newcastle to sign Bologna defender Takehiro Tomiyasu, according to the Evening Standard.

The newspaper have reported on their website that the Irons have targeted the Japanese international who can play at full-back, central defence and in holding midfield.

That is serious versatility that could really benefit both Moyes and the Irons.

The 21-year-old made 29 appearances in Serie A last season and even has World Cup experience with Japan despite being so young.

The majority of his outings came at right-back for the Italian club, who are closing in on Hearts full-back Aaron Hickey – potentially freeing Tomiyasu to leave the club.

With Ryan Fredericks the only senior right-back at the club after both Pablo Zabaleta and Jeremy Ngakia left, this would be a smart addition.

Ben Johnson has yet to prove himself fully under Moyes, and Fredericks certainly needs more competition at the London Stadium.

In other West Ham United news, club insider claims move for Championship winger “very unlikely” after Diangana sale