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West Ham eye £8m transfer for Steve Cook from Bournemouth as desperate Moyes prepares to raid Championship for defender

WEST HAM are considering a move for Bournemouth centre-back Steve Cook, according to the reports.

The Hammers have failed to land a single one of their centre-back targets this summer and have reportedly switched their attention to the £8million Cherries veteran.


West Ham have made just two signings this summer despite narrowly escaping relegation last term.

Right-back Vladimir Coufal arrived in a £4m deal from Slavia Prague.

And Tomas Soucek's loan was made permanent thanks to a clause included in the initial deal that brought him to the London Stadium in January.

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Cook, 29, is now on the East Londoners' radar, according to the Daily Star.

The Cherries captain won the club's player of the season award last year as the south coast side were relegated – and he would be available for £8m.

The Englishman has made 341 appearances for Bournemouth since his 2012 arrival.

And he could be joined in East London by current team-mate Josh King – who the Hammers are prepared to pay between £12m and £17.5m for.

David Moyes was hoping to build on the Hammers' strong finish to last season but he started the new campaign with even LESS players.

Albian Ajeti, Jordan Hugill, Josh Cullen, Jack Wilshere and Felipe Anderson have all left the East Londoners.

And promising young star Grady Diangana was also sold to West Brom for £18m – a move which incurred the fury of disgruntled Hammers supporters and captain Mark Noble.

The Scot has also seen his club continually linked with centre-backs but fail to get any over the line.

Wesley Fofana joined Leicester City and the Hammers' board refused to meet the asking prices for Burnley's James Tarkowski and Bayer Leverkusen's Jonathan Tah.

While Chelsea's Fikayo Tomori pulled out of a last minute, deadline day loan deal despite the clubs having agreed terms.

Earlier this year, Moyes spoke of his desire to build a young, hungry team at the Hammers after he started his second spell in charge.

But despite the ex-Manchester United manager's impressive impact on the team's results, it appears he will have to make do with cheaper and older arrivals – if any more at all.

The Hammers have also been linked with Craig Dawson, 30, from Watford – who were also relegated.

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