West Ham United manager Sam Allardyce is reportedly keen on out of-favour Arsenal defender Thomas Vermaelen.
Vermaelen, 28, has only made one league appearance for the Gunners in the last month, and it’s rumoured that he could move to a side willing to give him regular first team football.
However, should the Belgian leave Arsenal, Arsene Wenger’s men will be left with just two natural centre-backs, while right back Bacary Sagna can play a central role if required. Hardly viable cover if either of the central defence pair sustain injury, so it’s unlikely any offers will be entertained.
As West Ham are suffering from injuries and suspensions to their defence, not to mention conceding goals by the truckload, they have been desperate to bring in a centre-back of vast Premier League experience. Everton’s Johnny Heitinga recently turned down a move to the league strugglers, despite him not featuring for Everton in the league this season and with a deal being agreed by the two parties – the worst insult to the Hammers.
In no terms would Wenger sell Vermaelen at least until the summer, as this season the London outfit are still top of the table after 22 league games. As a result, they have eyes only on taking the Premier League crown, and don’t want to jeopardise such chances by selling a very good and experienced squad defender which would leave their defence in trouble if either Per Mertesacker & Laurent Koscielny succumbed to injury.