Report: David Moyes wants Brighton star Lewis Dunk as his first West Ham United signing

David Moyes, Manager of Sunderland looks on during the Premier League match between Chelsea and Sunderland at Stamford Bridge on May 21, 2017 in London, England.

West Ham United are reportedly pursuing Brighton defender Lewis Dunk.

Manolo Gabbiadini of Southampton battles with Lewis Dunk of Brighton and Hove Albion during the Premier League match between Brighton and Hove Albion and Southampton at Amex Stadium on...Manolo Gabbiadini of Southampton battles with Lewis Dunk of Brighton and Hove Albion

According to The Mirror, West Ham United boss David Moyes is keen to make Brighton and Hove Albion defender Lewis Dunk his first signing in January.

The Hammers appointed Moyes as their new manager last week following the departure of Slaven Bilic, and the Scot will be looking to get off to a strong start against Watford this weekend.

Having taken the job well in advance of the January transfer window, Moyes has two months to evaluate his squad and decide where he needs to strengthen.

David Moyes, Manager of Sunderland looks on during the Premier League match between Chelsea and Sunderland at Stamford Bridge on May 21, 2017 in London, England.

The Mirror report that he already has his top target identified, with Brighton and Hove Albion defender Lewis Dunk allegedly eyed up as Moyes' preferred first signing.

Dunk, 24, was born in Brighton and came up through the ranks with the Seagulls, featuring in League One all the way up to the Premier League throughout their journey.

The 6ft 4in centre back has now racked up more than 200 appearances for Brighton, and he has transitioned seamlessly into Premier League life with some superb displays for Chris Hughton's men.

Lewis Dunk of Brighton and Hove Albion and Nikola Vlasic of Everton during the Premier League match between Brighton and Hove Albion and Everton at Amex Stadium on October 15, 2017 in...Lewis Dunk of Brighton and Hove Albion and Nikola Vlasic of Everton

Dunk particularly impressed against West Ham last month, and his performances have seen many call for him to be called up to the England squad.

Now, West Ham want to add a younger centre back to compete with veterans Jose Fonte and James Collins, with Dunk fitting the bill – and given that new Hammers coach Stuart Pearce worked with Dunk for the England Under-21's, a January bid seems likely.

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