West Ham should sign Vavro if only for the winning mentality he would bring

According to Il Messaggero, West Ham are set to try and sign FC Copenhagen defender Denis Vavro.

What’s the deal, then?

Reportedly the Hammers are looking to offer the Danish club more than Lazio have already offered for the Slovakian international, which is £8million plus add-ons.

The Serie A club remain the favourites to secure the 23-year old centre-back as it is thought he wants to move to Italy, but the east London side will be ready to pick him up should the deal fall through.

Manuel Pellegrini could just be putting feelers out for replacements if a scenario presents itself where Issa Diop decides to leave.

The 22 year-old Frenchman had been strongly linked with a move to Manchester United earlier this summer, although that looks increasingly less likely given the Red Devils’ £70m bid for Leicester’s Harry Maguire.

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Vavro could bring consistency to Hammers even if he is not a starter

If the Slovakian does join the Irons for the new campaign, he will bring with him the experience of winning a league title last time out with Copenhagen.

It is that consistency which Pellegrini has not been able to instil in his team, shown by the fact that they have yet to go more than four games without a defeat under him.

In addition, they beat Manchester United, Arsenal and Tottenham but lost to AFC Wimbledon, Brighton, Burnley and Cardiff.

So, there is no denying they have the quality to turn up and beat the very best sides, but they do not have the consistency to sustain, for example, a top-six push.

Bringing in a league winner, someone who has been at the heart of a defence which lost just 10 of 52 games last season, will undoubtedly improve a team who have the talent but seemingly not the mindset to be able to consistently churn out results.

It is likely he will be a back-up to the partnership of Diop – if he stays – and Fabian Balbuena, who played a combined 56 Premier League matches in 2018/19.

But irrespective of that, whether or not Vavro will start if he does end up at the London Stadium, he would be a vital addition to the squad as a player who has already achieved great success elsewhere in Europe.

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