Report: West Ham set to re-kindle interest in Dynamo Moscow's Douglas

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West Ham are interested in Dynamo Moscow defender Douglas.

According to talkSPORT, West Ham are ready to rekindle their long-standing interest in Dynamo Moscow defender Douglas.

Sources in Italy suggest the Hammers, alongside Galatasaray, are the front-runners to sign the 27-year-old this summer. West Ham were keen on Douglas back in 2013 when he was at FC Twente but he opted for a move to Dynamo Moscow instead.

He has racked up 43 league outings, scoring three goals, since his arrival in Russia but has been heavily linked with a move away this summer. 

With 20 league starts in his first season and 19 over the last year for Dynamo Moscow, he has never really been able to cement a permanent place in the Moscow outfit's starting eleven - and talkSPORT suggest West Ham are ready to pounce.

Where would he fit in at Upton Park? 

The 27-year-old has proven quality at centre-back, with his tackling ability, aerial prowess and passing considered his main strengths. He possesses no significant weaknesses and would therefore be an astute addition to Slaven Bilic's side. 

The 6ft 3 central defender was first choice for newly-appointed Newcastle boss Steve McClaren when the Dutch outfit lifted the Eredivisie title in the 2009/10 season, which suggests his capability when given regular first-team action.

With West Ham anticipating a bumper calendar, with the addition of Europa League football, Bilic will anxious for depth in each position. But have the east London side already got enough centre-backs...?

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