Report: West Ham join deadline day race for Palermo defender Ezequiel Munoz

West Ham are reportedly pursuing a deadline day deal for Palermo defender Ezequiel Munoz.

Italian football insider Gianluca Di Marzio believes that West Ham United are hoping to beat AC Milan and Sampdoria to the signing of Palermo defender Ezequiel Munoz.

West Ham are suffering an injury crisis in defence, with James Collins, Winston Reid and Carl Jenkinson all on the sidelines.

Manager Sam Allardyce is in need of a defensive arrival, and whilst the likes of Doria (Marseille) and Younes Kaboul (Tottenham) have been linked with moves to Upton Park, he's also believed to be interested in signing Munoz.

The 24-year-old has impressed in Italy of late, with the former Boca Juniors defender attracting interest from Palermo's Serie A rivals Milan and Sampdoria.

Recently, Tottenham have been credited with an interest in signing Munoz, who has yet to earn a call-up to the Argentina senior side - and whilst Spurs haven't made a move so far, Munoz could yet find his way to London with West Ham.

Di Marzio suggests that, in a late deadline day flurry, West Ham are trying to sign Munoz - though it isn't clear when he would arrive.

Munoz is out of contract at the end of this season, meaning he is free to sign a pre-contract agreement with the Hammers. That would be the cost-effective way of bringing him in, but given their immediate defensive crisis, they need him now, not in another six months.

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