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West Ham United are looking to reinforce the centre of their defence and will make summer moves for Manchester United’s Chris Smalling and Newcastle United’s Jamaal Lascelles, according to West Ham World.

The Hammers have been susceptible at the back this season, with injuries to the likes of Winston Reid, Angelo Ogbonna and Jose Fonte leaving the defensive options depleted.

As such, West Ham have become reliant on youngster Declan Rice and even fielded Aaron Cresswell and Patrice Evra centrally at times.

With James Collins seemingly ready to leave the club this summer, David Moyes will surely be keen to add reinforcements.

The report suggests that West Ham will offer £12 million for Smalling, who has been a regular for United over the course of the campaign.

It also states that Lascelles is a target and that an £18 million bid will be launched.

West Ham certainly need new central defenders but the likelihood of either of these reported offers being accepted seems small.

The market is inflated and English players cost significantly more, while both Smalling and Lascelles have been virtual mainstays at United and Newcastle this season.

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