West Ham could return to a long-term defensive target now that Bayern Munich have dropped their interest, according to reports.

As it has been made very clear by ExWHUEmployee, West Ham’s top priorities in the January transfer window are a striker and a full-back. That is not to say that they will not consider bringing in players in other positions though, and reports have stated that the Hammers could look to sign a centre-back they have been linked with for a number of years now.

Jonathan Tah has had interest from the East London side since he was still considered a young prospect. Now in his prime at 27 years old, Tah could finally be making a move to England with the door being left wide open after Bayern Munich have decided not to sign him, Fussball Transfers have reported.

The German international has featured in 15 of top-of-the-table Bayer Leverkusen’s 16 Bundesliga games. As they have done with Dortmund previously, Bayern were keen to sign him not only to strengthen their squad, but also to weaken their fellow title contender. However, despite the biggest competitor for his signature being out of the race, West Ham still are set to face a number of other issues to secure his services.

Unfortunately for the Irons, their usual lure of Premier League and European football may not be enough for Tah considering his side currently sit top of the German league, unbeaten in all 16 of their games. On top of this, he is currently working under one of the most exciting managers in the world: Xabi Alonso. It will be a tough task for any team to get the defender to leave Leverkusen, let alone West Ham.

Additionally, what will make it even more difficult is the other teams that are keeping an eye on his situation. Some of England’s biggest clubs such as Liverpool, Newcastle and Manchester United are all said to be interested, as well as Tottenham Hotspur.

Thankfully, our Irons have pulled off their fair share of brilliant signings under David Moyes, and this has only been helped by the arrival of Tim Stiedten. West Ham would be getting the finished product of Tah this time around and, considering how consistently he is playing for a top side, he could be a great addition to the squad. He possesses a lot of the qualities that Moyes looks for in a defender but, above all else, he is a staggering 6’5. 

It certainly won’t be easy, but what a statement of intent a signing of that magnitude would be. 

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