West Ham are the latest Premier League club to join the chase for Southampton central defender Jose Fonte, according to the Daily Mail.

Slaven Bilic looks to be interested in bolstering his defensive options in the coming weeks of the transfer window and it now seems as though he has identified Fonte as a plausible move to solve the leakage of goals.

Bilic’s need for defensive reinforcements was only encouraged further by West Ham’s 5-0 collapse at the hands of Manchester City in the FA Cup third round against Manchester City on Friday night in front of a packed-out London Stadium.

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Fonte handed in a transfer request at St Mary’s last Friday and it looks as though a move away from the south coast could be on the cards for the Portugal international after seven years with the club.

The 33-year-old won the European Championships with his country back in the summer and would provide an experienced head at the back for West Ham, but face competition from Everton for his signature.