West Ham have been criticised for their depth in defence and midfield, or lack of, but the club are reportedly set to address those issues when the January transfer window opens.

The Hammers are believed to be readying a January bid for out-of-favour Juventus utility man Kwadwo Asamoah.

Asamoah joined Juventus from Serie A rivals Udinese in 2012 for £16.2m and operates in a central midfield role, but does also have experience at left-back where Juventus have favoured him in recent years.

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Capped 69 times by Ghana, the 28-year-old has entered the last year of his contract in Turin and Juventus have made no attempt to renew his deal with assumptions being made that he will be free to leave when his contract expires next summer.

West Ham are eager to sign the versatile midfielder but face competition from Galatasaray and the Super Lig outfit are said to be weighing up a £3.35m January bid for Asamoah rather than waiting for him to become a free agent next summer.

Asamoah has made just three appearances for Juventus this season.

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