West Ham have once again been linked with a move to sign Monaco ace Guillermo Maripan, with AS suggesting that the Hammers could be set to battle Barcelona for the centre-back’s signature.

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David Moyes undoubtedly needs to bring an established centre-back to the London Stadium this summer.

Last night’s capitulation away at Everton highlighted that.

And Guillermo Maripan could be the ideal option for us. AS claims that the 26-year-old could be pick up for £16-18 million before the transfer window slams shut.

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Guillermo Maripan (Photo by Tim Clayton/Corbis via Getty Images)

According to a report from the Daily Mail, West Ham were keen to bring the 6ft 4in ace to the club in August 2019.

Maripan ended up joining Monaco, however.

 

And now AS suggest that the Hammers will renew their interest in the Chile international.

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AS claims that Maripan was one of the best players in Ligue 1 last season.

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Guillermo Maripan (Photo by Jeroen Meuwsen/Soccrates/Getty Images)

Maripan scored two goals in 20 league games for Monaco last term (Who Scored).

During those outings, the 26-year-old averaged 2.1 tackles, 1.3 interceptions, 3.3 clearances and 0.7 blocks. He also won an average of two aerial duals per game during those appearances (Who Scored).

Maripan is a proper old fashioned defender. He would undoubtedly strengthen our backline immeasurably.

And if West Ham manage to beat Barcelona to his signature for just £18 million, it will be a real coup for us.

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