Report: Angelo Ogbonna travels to London for talks over West Ham transfer

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Juventus defender Angelo Ogbonna is reportedly moving closer to joining West Ham.

According to the Daily Mail, Juventus defender Angelo Ogbonna is travelling to London for talks over a move to join West Ham United.

The Hammers have been one of the busiest Premier League clubs so far this summer, appointing new manager Slaven Bilic last month, and giving him with three new signings in goalkeeper Darren Randolph, midfielder Pedro Obiang and playmaker Dimitri Payet.

Now, the attention turns to defence, where Bilic may feel he is short of bodies, especially at centre back. It now seems that West Ham's top target to solve that problem is Ogbonna.

The Italian international, 27, has found first team football hard to come by at Juventus, with Giorgio Chiellini, Leonardo Bonucci and Andrea Barzagli ahead of him in the pecking order.

The Daily Mail report that Ogbonna is travelling to London for talks with West Ham this week, in a move which could see him become Winston Reid's new centre back partner, as the Hammers continue to splash the cash ahead of their final season at Upton Park.

What would Ogbonna bring to West Ham?

The first thing to notice about Ogbonna is his physical attributes. He's tall (6ft 3in), well built and but also pacey, giving him the ability to keep up with quick strikers. Ogbonna is an athletic defender who can match up to most strikers thanks to his combination of strength and speed, so should strike up a solid partnership with Reid.

Ogbonna is technically sound as well though, possessing the ability to bring the ball out of defence and pass the ball, rather being forced to play the ball long every time he has the ball at his feet.

With great pedigree and the physical tools to succeed in the Premier League, West Ham could be on the verge of making a great signing in Ogbonna.

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