Report: West Ham told Aleksandar Dragovic will cost £20m after holding talks

West Ham have been told to fork out £20m for defender Aleksandar Dragovic.

According to The Telegraph, Dynamo Kiev have told West Ham that defender Aleksandar Dragovic will cost £20m to sign this summer.

The Hammers have been active so far this summer, not only appointing new manager Slaven Bilic, but also bringing in three new players: goalkeeper Darren Randolph, midfielder Pedro Obiang and playmaker Dimitri Payet.

Now though, it appears that new manager Bilic has turned his attention to signing a new centre back, with a number of targets in mind.

Gianluca Di Marzio of Sky Italia reported on Tuesday that the Hammers had entered talks with Dynamo Keiv over a deal to sign Austrian international Dragovic, with Juventus centre back Angelo Ogbonna considered a fallback option.

The Telegraph now add to that, saying that Ukrainian giants Dynamo Kiev are demanding a fee of £20m for the 24-year-old defender - which is likely to be far too pricey for West Ham.

The report states that Bilic specifically asked the West Ham hierarchy to pursue Dragovic, but a deal now looks unlikely considering the asking price.

How important is signing a defender?

West Ham had a solid starting partnership with Winston Reid and James Tomkins last season, but both suffered injuries in the second half of the campaign, leaving the Hammers short at the back.

Veteran James Collins and midfielder Cheikhou Kouyate were pressed into action at centre back, showing just how important it is to sign a new defender this summer.

£20m might be a little too much to pay for one, but it seems clear that West Ham now view this as one of their highest priorities - and a large fee could be spent on a new centre back, even if it isn't Dragovic.

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