According to a report from the Mirror, West Ham are keen to sign Real Sociedad centre-back Diego Llorente.

The 26-year-old has been with Sociedad for the past two-and-a-half years, having failed to establish himself at Real Madrid.

He is a decent defender, but is he the man the Hammers should be targeting?

Llorente is 26, and has no Premier League experience.

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Diego Llorente in action (Photo by Jose Breton/Pics Action/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

The Mirror report that the Spaniard has a £45 million release clause, and if he did move to the London Stadium, he could just end up being another expensive mistake.

At Llorente’s age, he probably won’t get any better than he is now. And having been used to the more pedestrian paced La Liga, he might just struggle to adapt quickly to the ferocious intensity of the Premier League.

 

West Ham have a big problem in central defence. Issa Diop has real potential, but he is far from the finished article. Angelo Ogbonna and Fabian Balbuena are not quite at the very top level, despite being solid defenders.

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Diego Llorente (Photo by Jose Breton/Pics Action/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

Meanwhile, Winston Reid is extremely unreliable from a fitness perspective.

So the addition of a top-class centre-back must be featuring highly on Pellegrini’s wish-list.

And Llorente for £45 million would be the wrong option for West Ham.

The east London outfit would be better off spending more money on someone like Nathan Ake – a proven Premier League performer.

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(Photo by Jose Breton/Pics Action/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

Another option for the Hammers could be RB Leipzig ace Dayot Upamecano. Now the Frenchman does lack Premier League experience, but he is just 21, and has a much higher ceiling than Llorente.

West Ham need to totally change the way in which they recruit. And avoiding a move for Llorente would be a good place to start.

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