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West Ham United interested in signing this 32Y/O defender: Replacement for Angelo Ogbonna?

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West Ham United are looking to make a move for Burnley’s Ben Mee after they lost Ogbonna to a long-term injury.

Angelo Ogbonna has suffered an anterior cruciate ligament injury in his right knee during the win over Liverpool which means he will be on the treatment table for some time. Most reports are suggesting that the 33-year-old could effectively miss the remainder of the season.

And this is why signing a new centre-back has become sort of a priority for manager David Moyes.

Ogbonna is one of the key reasons why West Ham United had been performing so well this season so his injury will be a major blow for the manager. But if Moyes can get his hands on someone like Ben Mee, it should not be too bad an acquisition.

Mee’s current deal with Burnley expires next summer meaning he will be available at a cut-price deal during the January transfer window.

And according to Claret and Hugh, the 32-year-old could be playing for the Hammers during the second half of the season.

As per TransferMarkt, Ben Mee’s contract can be extended by a further year but we don’t think Burnley will be walking down that lane since the defender is now 32 years old.

The centre-back has been with Burnley since 2012 so he has bags of experience at the top level which makes him the perfect solution to the Ogbonna absence.

This season, Ben Mee has started in eight Premier League games and as per Fotmob, he has a rating of 6.98 out of 10. There are great numbers for a defender whose side are currently 18 on the table.

The 32-year-old is in no way the long-term solution but until Ogbonna gets back to his feet, the Burnley man can do a great job.

Burnley should not have an issue in cashing in on the defender and since he will get to play in Europe, we don’t think Ben Mee will object either.

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