West Ham’s defence has been their downfall so far this season. Through 11 games, no team has conceded more goals that West Ham in the Premier League, having shipped 23 already.
David Moyes’ most pressing responsibility will be to make West Ham’s defence structured, more organised and tougher to break down, and perhaps he will need to dip into the transfer market in January in order to do so.
The Guardian believe that Moyes will target one of his former players in January, with Sunderland centre-back Lamine Kone back on the Hammers’ radar.
West Ham were linked with the Ivory Coast international in the summer but decided against the move but with Moyes at the help, they could revive their interest.
Kone arrived in English football in January 2016 when former Hammers boss Sam Allardyce signed him for Sunderland and he enjoyed a terrific second half of the season, aiding the Black Cats’ great escape.
The 2016/17 season wasn’t a great one for the 28-year-old, however, as his form dipped and Sunderland were relegated to the Championship under Moyes’ stewardship.
Sunderland find themselves struggling again in the Championship and Kone could look for an escape route in the January transfer window.
Everton saw bids in excess of £18m rejected for the centre-back in the summer of 2016 but it’s understood that Kone could be available for considerably less.