Danny Murphy expresses his concern about West Ham's transfer business

Danny Murphy poses with the Capital One Cup before the third round

Danny Murphy says West Ham need to sign another defender.

Danny Murphy poses with the Capital One Cup before the third roundDanny Murphy poses with the Capital One Cup before the third round

West Ham have been one of the most active teams in the transfer market this summer.

If they have not been snapping up bargains like Havard Nordtveit or Sofiane Feghouli then they have been chasing big name striker, recently paying £20m to sign Andre Ayew from Swansea City.

Andre Ayew celebrates after scoring the first goal for SwanseaAndre Ayew celebrates after scoring the first goal for Swansea

Former Premier League ace Danny Murphy believes they have bought well but also feels they still need to add at the back.

Speaking to TalkSport's Colin Murray show on Thursday (11/8) at 11am, Murphy was asked for his opinion on West Ham's summer business.

He said: "My worry they [the signings] are similar. There is a lot of pace and tricky wide players. At the back last season they did look ok, but they sold Tomkins, that was a surprise to me. I really liked him.

"They have got to keep them happy and work defensively as a unit. They have a big pitch in their new stadium which teams will enjoy playing. They don't want to be wide open every week. Defensively have they got the cover ?

"I think need more at the back, may be a centre-back and right-back."

What Murphy has not considered, is the huge talent coming through West Ham's academy. James Tomkins may have been sold to Crystal Palace, but that was potentially in mind of the two talented centre-backs pushing for the first team.

FC Lusitans’ Jose Aguilar and West Ham's Reece Oxford in actionFC Lusitans’ Jose Aguilar and West Ham's Reece Oxford in action

Reece Oxford has already shown he is capable of playing in the Premier League, also impressing in the Europa League win over Domzale earlier this month.

There is also Reece Burke, who swept awards on loan at Bradford City last season who has not been loaned out, indicating he is currently in Slaven Bilic's first team plans.

While Murphy is right that West Ham will have to be on top of their game at the back this season, a new signing is not necessarily essential.

West Ham's Reece Burke in actionWest Ham's Reece Burke in action

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