Report: West Ham aim to seal loan move for highly-rated Brazilian defender Doria

West Ham co-chairman David Gold has reportedly flown to France to secure a loan deal for Marseille defender Doria.

According to talkSPORT, West Ham United co-owner David Sullivan has flown to France in order to snap up Marseille centre back Doria.

The Hammers are enduring a real injury crisis in defence, with James Collins, Winston Reid and Carl Jenkinson all on the treatment table.

Sam Allardyce's men ended Saturday's game against Liverpool with a centre back pairing of Alex Song and Joey O'Brien - neither are recognised central defenders.

It's therefore little surprise to see rumours that the Hammers want to bring in a defender on loan for the rest of the season, and talkSPORT suggest the player on their radar is Marseille's Doria.

The 20-year-old only joined Marseille from Botafogo last summer, but hasn't even played one minute of Ligue 1 action under Marcelo Bielsa, stalling his career in recent months.

The Brazilian was highly-rated at Botafogo, but needs to be playing first team football, and West Ham appear to be hoping that he will arrive at Upton Park.

Jack Sullivan, the son of David, confirmed on Twitter earlier today that his father has indeed flown to France, though there was no indication of it being for Doria.

That particular link has emanated from talkSPORT, who believe Doria could well be a new arrival at Upton Park on deadline day.

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