In Focus: West Ham keen to recruit Man City star this summer

According to the Evening Standard, Slaven Bilic is looking to bring Pablo Zabaleta to West Ham when his contract expires at Manchester City this summer.

What’s the Word?

32-year-old Zabaleta is out of contract this summer and it appears unlikely that Pep Guardiola will be offering the defender a new deal.

Slaven Bilic is reportedly keen to bring the Argentinian to the London Stadium, in a bid to cure the perennial problems on the right side of West Ham’s defence.

With Alvaro Arbeloa a certified flop, Sam Byram still learning and still struggling with injuries and Michail Antonio clearly a better player in a more offensive role, Zabaleta is seen as the ideal remedy for the Hammers.

How good has Zabaleta been this season?

Despite only making 18 league appearances for City this season, Pablo Zabaleta has been as consistent as ever this season. The Argentinian is rarely to blame for City’s regular defensive mistakes this season and approaches every game with fervent passion, desire and willing.

Is Zabaleta a good fit for West Ham?

Should Slaven Bilic manage to convince the 32-year-old to join West Ham, Zabaleta would bring a wealth of talent but most importantly, a wealth of Premier League experience to the Hammers often disjointed defence.

The Argentinian would be able to play as a right-back or on the right side of a back three and would be a constant and demanding voice that West Ham seem to need on occasions. If Billic wants leaders, he needn’t look further than Pablo Zabaleta.