According to a report from Spanish publication AS, West Ham and Tottenham both want to sign Monaco centre-back Guillermo Maripan this summer.
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Hammers boss David Moyes will be keen to bolster his central defensive ranks this summer. And so will Spurs manager Jose Mourinho.
West Ham wanted to sign the Chile international last summer. According to a report from the Daily Mail, the east London outfit were keen to bring the 6ft 4in ace to the club in August.
But a move to West Ham failed to materialise for Maripan.
The 26-year-old ended up joining Monaco from Alaves for around €18 million (£16 million), according to Goal.
And it seems that West Ham haven’t given up on signing the Chilean. But they could face competition from Tottenham for his signature (AS).
AS claims that Maripan has been one of the best players in Ligue 1 this season.
Maripan has scored two goals in 20 league games for Monaco so far this season (Who Scored).
During those outings, the 26-year-old has averaged 2.1 tackles, 1.3 interceptions, 3.3 clearances and 0.7 blocks. He has also won an average of two aerial duals per game during those appearances (Who Scored).
Those numbers really are very impressive. So it is no surprise that West Ham and Tottenham are keen to bring him to England.
AS claims that Monaco valued Maripan at around €50 million (£45 million). But because of the ongoing global health crisis, they will now demand close to €30 million (£27 million).
That would represent excellent value for Spurs or the Hammers. It just remains to be seen which London club wins the race for his signature in the end.