West Ham have struggled with defensive injuries this season and David Moyes has reportedly targeted a move for one of Europe’s finest young centre-backs.

It’s believed that West Ham are ready to make a move to sign FC Basel defender Manuel Akanji following an impressive 2017, but they do face competition from both Liverpool and Borussia Dortmund.

The 22-year-old broke into the Switzerland international side in the summer and has earned rave reviews in his home country, prompting some of Europe’s biggest clubs to make checks on him.

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Basel allegedly value the young centre-back at €30m, but the report claims that West Ham are only prepared to offer €18m at the moment to secure his signature.

It’s understood that Basel would prefer to wait until the summer to cash-in on their prized asset when presumably, his asking price will be slightly lower, but forcing through a move during the January transfer window has seen a premium put on Akanji’s head.

Borussia Dortmund are the player’s preferred destination and the Bundesliga side are said to be hoping a deal can be reached for €20m, but given the mounting interest in his signature, Basel are holding out for nearer their asking price.