Transfer News: West Ham medical for Wolfsburg defender Emmanuel Pogatetz

Emmanuel Pogatetz: Wolfsburg defender to have West Ham medical

Sky Sports understands former Middlesbrough defender Emmanuel Pogatetz is undergoing a medical ahead of a move to West Ham United.

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Pogatetz previously spent five years in England with Middlesbrough before moving to the Bundesliga to join Hannover in 2010.

He left Hannover for Wolfsburg on a three-year contract last summer, but is now poised for a return to the Premier League.

The Austrian is understood to have arrived in England on Sunday night and will have a medical on Monday before finalising his switch to Upton Park.

The 30-year-old's anticipated arrival at West Ham will be a major boost for manager Sam Allardyce, who has been desperate to strengthen his defensive options throughout January.

Allardyce has also been linked with a move for Aston Villa's Stephen Warnock, with left-back a particular area that the Hammers boss has been keen to improve.