Manuel Pellegrini will be looking to bring in new defenders this summer to help shore up West Ham’s leaky defence.

In Ryan Fredericks and Aaron Cresswell, West Ham have two defenders who signed after impressing in the Championship.

This could be a market that Pellegrini looks to tap into again and there are plenty of promising defenders in the second tier at the moment.

Here are five Championship defenders West Ham should consider this summer.

Max Aarons

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Norwich City right-back Max Aarons only burst onto the scene this season but he has played 35 games in all competitions.

The 19-year-old has been a vital part of the Canaries’ plans with both his attacking and defensive duties from full-back.

It is no surprise that a host of Premier League clubs are chasing the England under-19 star, who could be an ideal competitor with Fredericks at right-back.

Dael Fry

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Youngster Dael Fry has been a rock at the back for Middlesbrough this season and looks like he will go far in the game.

The 21-year-old central defender has played 31 matches this season, demonstrating his strong tackling, aerial prowess and ability to carry the ball out of defence.

Looking ahead to the long-term future, the England under-21 defender could be an ideal partner for Issa Diop or Fabian Balbuena.

 

Kieran Gibbs

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If Arthur Masuaku leaves in the summer, West Ham will need a new left-back to compete with Cresswell and West Brom star Kieran Gibbs could be their man.

The 10-cap England international has been a consistent performer for the Baggies and is clearly a Premier League player.

If West Brom fail to go up, the 29-year-old might be tempted by a return to the Premier League if West Ham take an interest.

Pontus Jansson

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Pontus Jansson is a fan favourite at Leeds United for his passionate and full-blooded performances from centre-half.

The Sweden international is likely to stay at Leeds if they win promotion but if they stay down, West Ham should consider a swoop.

Standing at 6ft 5in tall, the 28-year-old is a rock at the back and a threat from set-pieces as well.

Jamal Lewis

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Another young Norwich full-back worth looking at is Jamal Lewis. The attack-minded left-back is an exciting young talent who has been a regular for Norwich this season.

The Northern Ireland international has committed his long-term future to Norwich, meaning he will be hard to capture.

But if Norwich stay down, West Ham could be encouraged to move for the 21-year-old, who could provide competition with Cresswell.

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