West Ham welcome sixth signing, as David Moyes explains what Thilo Kehrer will add to defensive department

Thilo Kehrer (pic via West Ham United)

West Ham United have announced the signing of Thilo Kehrer on a permanent transfer from Paris Saint-Germain.

Kehrer has signed a four-year contract with West Ham, with the option to extend it by a further two years. He will wear the number 24 shirt for his new club, who are giving him his first taste of Premier League football.

The German defender has previously played in the Bundesliga for Schalke and Ligue 1 for PSG. He has won seven honours with the French giants, including three league titles.

However, amid the risk of being a rotation player there, he has now completed a move to West Ham, where he will take on a new challenge.

According to Sky Sports, West Ham have paid €12million (around £10.1million) to sign the 25-year-old. He is their sixth permanent signing of the summer for the senior side.

“I’m very excited to sign for West Ham United,” Kehrer told the club’s official website. “This is the best league in the world and I’m excited about coming to play in the Premier League.

“I talked to the manager and he told me about how he sees me fitting in at the club. My biggest goal now is to get into the team, integrate myself within the group and enjoy playing for West Ham.”

Kehrer can play as a centre-back, right-back or defensive midfielder. He will therefore offer David Moyes some crucial depth.

A new centre-back was a requirement for West Ham after fellow summer signing Nayef Aguerd got an injury and Issa Diop left for Fulham. Furthermore, they have wanted one more player capable of featuring in midfield despite the addition of Flynn Downes earlier in the transfer window.

It seems that Kehrer will mainly play as a centre-back. He will be competing with the likes of Aguerd, Kurt Zouma, Craig Dawson and Angelo Ogbonna.

David Moyes to benefit from Thilo Kehrer strengths

“I am really pleased to welcome Thilo to West Ham United,” Moyes added. “He’s a talented player, who can play in a number of defensive positions, adding strength and depth to our current options.”

A full Germany international, Kehrer could be in line to feature at the World Cup, having featured frequently under Hansi Flick. He would be going there as a West Ham player thanks to his move.

West Ham are next in action on Thursday, for the first leg of their Europa Conference League play-off tie against Viborg. After that, their next Premier League fixture is against Brighton on Sunday.

Kehrer was yet to play for PSG this season. He is now ready to get up and running for his new club.

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