According to a report from Spanish media outlet AS, West Ham, Everton and Arsenal could all be set to battle it out for Athletic Bilbao centre-back Unai Nunez this summer.

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Hammers boss David Moyes, Toffees manager Carlo Ancelotti and Gunners chief Mikel Arteta will all be desperate to bolster their central defensive ranks this summer.

And it seems as though Nunez could end up at the London Stadium, Goodison Park or the Emirates at the end of the season.

AS claims that the 23-year-old’s €30 million (£26.8 million) release clause has ‘aroused the interest’ of West Ham Everton and Arsenal.

Athletic Club v Real Madrid CF - La Liga

Unai Nunez in action (Photo by Juan Manuel Serrano Arce/Getty Images)

With Everton and Arsenal keen on Nunez, David Moyes will have his work cut-out. Especially with West Ham currently embroiled in a relegation battle.


Nunez has made just 16 La Liga appearances for Athletic Bilbao this season. During those outings, the Spaniard has averaged 0.6 tackles, 1.3 interceptions and 3.8 clearances per game. He has also won an average of 2.4 aerial duals per match (Who Scored).

Those are not the most impressive numbers in all honesty.


Nunez is described as a tall, strong centre-back who is very good in the air by Inside Athletic (official website for Athletic Bilbao). It is also suggested that the 23-year-old is a fantastic reader of the game.

Athletic de Bilbao v Granada - Spanish Copa del Rey

Unai Nunez (Photo by David S. Bustamante/Soccrates/Getty Images)

It could be argued that £26.8 million is a lot of money given the current climate for someone who is totally unproven in the Premier League, however.

West Ham, Everton and Arsenal undoubtedly all need central defensive reinforcements.

But it could be argued that there is better value to be had in the current market.

Unai Nunez is a decent defender. But he is not yet at the level needed to make a massive difference for the three clubs mentioned.

The Hammers, the Toffees and the Gunners could do a lot better.

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