West Ham United are looking Bayer Leverkusen defender Jonathan Tah as a potential late recruit as the club’s search for a new centre-half continues, according to the Sunday Mirror (October 4, page 73).

The Hammers are running out of time to add reinforcements at the back, with David Moyes admitting he is needs added options in defence to prevent the side being caught short.

While a host of transfer targets have been touted in recent weeks and months, right-back Vladimir Coufal is the only defensive addition to the West Ham squad so far.

With the transfer window entering the last 24 hours, the Hammers fans are starting to get concerned that no new defenders will be brought into the squad – despite the club’s board promising to bolster the squad after the sale of Grady Diangana to West Brom.

If West Ham could land a deal for Tah it would be a significant statement of intent, with the 24-year-old Germany international a player of considerable ability.

The Hammers would be getting a player with a lot of experience in the Bundesliga and in European competition, but surely would have to pay a considerable fee to convince Leverkusen to sell.

West Ham have the likes of Angelo Ogbonna, Issa Diop and Fabien Balbuena as options at centre-half, but the supporters have their collective fingers crossed that another quality player will be added to this contingent before the window closes.