According to the Daily Mail, West Ham United are interested in signing Alaves centre-back Guillermo Maripan in this summer’s transfer window.
Maripan is a 6ft 4in centre-back who has impressed for Alaves this season.
Indeed, the 24-year-old has scored twice in 22 La Liga appearances during the 2018-19 campaign, helping his Basque club into fifth position in the table.
According to the Daily Mail, West Ham ‘are showing interest’ in Maripan, but they will face competition from Roma for the powerful defender.
The Hammers have not exactly been water-tight defensively this season, conceding 46 times in their 31 Premier League games, including three against Huddersfield Town at the weekend.
And therefore it is not too much of a surprise that Manuel Pellegrini’s side are being linked with a swoop for a player who has been very impressive this term.
West Ham are not exactly short of height in central defence, with last summer’s arrival Issa Diop also standing at 6ft 4in.
There has not really been a lot of consistency in Pellegrini’s back four this term, though, and that will need to change next season if they are to move forward.
Maripan’s height means that he is a force in both penalty boxes, but the 11-time Chile international is a ball-playing centre-back.
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Indeed, what the South American lacks in speed, he more than makes up for in other areas of his game, including technical skills.
Roma will seemingly have something to say about Maripan’s future, but West Ham should certainly be looking to explore a possible deal for the colossus who would the perfect addition alongside Diop in the backline next term.