By Jason Jones

29th Dec, 2019 | 7:30pm

Report - West Ham plot to hijack continental raid for 25-year-old enforcer

West Ham are about to enter a January transfer window that could prove to be genuinely make or break for the club. 

The Hammers will definitely be under new management in some capacity after having sacked Manuel Pellegrini on Saturday.

According to a report from Football Insider, it looks as if David Moyes might be the man to land the top job in east London, and if that is the case, it will be interesting to see what sort of business he conducts with a longer contract stretching in front of him.

But according to reports from Poland, the club might already have one swoop in mind for whoever ends up landing the manager’s gig.

A claim from journalist Tomasz Włodarczyk suggests that the Hammers are plotting a raid for midfielder Stanislava Lobotka, with the player’s agent having travelled to London to conduct talks with both the Hammers and Arsenal.

It is understood that Lobotka’s current club, Celta Vigo, and Napoli are in very advanced talks, but the Irons hope to hijack any potential deal at the eleventh hour.

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The 25-year-old has been a mainstay in La Liga so far this season, and has been a solid presence for Celta Vigo, averaging a pass completion rate of 88.8%, as per Whoscored.

The Hammers could certainly do worse than snapping him up, especially considering their current options in the centre of the park.

Excluding the ever-promising Declan Rice, the Hammers are limited to Carlos Sanchez, who has been far from successful in a claret and blue shirt, and Mark Noble, who is beginning to look as if he is creaking a little.

Reinforcements would therefore be handy, and if they happen to be of Lobotka’s standard, that would even better.

In other news, Report – West Ham near deal completion, three more mooted.