West Ham are close to an agreement to sign Southampton defender Jan Bednarek.
Aston Villa had been in discussions over a loan move for the 26-year-old as a replacement for the injured Diego Carlos but while they remain in contention, West Ham are in pole position as things stand.
A deal is in place for Bednarek to move to east London but it is likely to depend on Craig Dawson leaving and his proposed departure has not yet been finalised.
Bednarek has three years left on his current deal but The Athletic reported earlier this year that Southampton were open to a sale as they looked to trim Ralph Hasenhuttl’s squad.
They are looking for a replacement, however, after sanctioning a loan move to Bournemouth for Jack Stephens.
Bednarek was signed for £4million from Lech Poznan in 2017 and has made 133 Premier League appearances.
David Moyes has so far made eight signings, bolstering his backline with Nayef Aguerd, Thilo Kehrer, Emerson Palmieri and Alphonse Areola, and reinforcing midfield and attack through Maxwel Cornet, Flynn Downes, Gianluca Scamacca and Lucas Paqueta.
But Moyes is seeking another defensive recruit after injuries to Aguerd and, more recently, Angelo Ogbonna and Dawson.
West Ham have continental competition in the Europa Conference League to juggle with their Premier League challenge.
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