West Ham must sort out defence - David Moyes

Andy Carroll and players in action during the West Ham United training session at Bad Tatzmannsdorf

Andy Carroll and players in action during the West Ham United training session at Bad Tatzmannsdorf

And ahead of his first game in charge at Watford on Sunday, Moyes suggested his priority was to get his players to work harder for each other and the team in order to tighten up at the back.

Former Manchester City manager Stuart Pearce has been forced to sever his ties with bookmakers Betfred after agreeing to serve as assistant manager to David Moyes at West Ham.

Moyes, who was appointed West Ham boss last week, apparently believes Dunk would "improve the brittle backline he has inherited" from the sacked Slaven Bilic.

We would be stupid if we didn't look back.

"We must start from scratch and give the players a chance to start again". We can't get away with not doing the jobs we've got to do.

Defender Lewis Dunk has impressed for the Seagulls at the start of the Premier League season, and according to the Daily Mirror his displays have not gone unnoticed.

Moyes also hopes to inspire West Ham to more wins than his critics have forecast under him and ensure the club are nowhere near the relegation battle by to the end of the season. "They're telling me they want to work hard, be organised and disciplined".