Manuel Pellegrini could look to bring in a new right-back in the January transfer window, due to his current situation in that position.

The West Ham manager will be scouring the market for potential additions at right-back.

And his search should lead him to Mario Gaspar, who could be West Ham’s long-term solution in that department.

Right-back problems

West Ham’s right-back options are looking depleted, despite looking healthy at the start of the season.

Fredericks joined on a free transfer from Fulham to join Pablo Zabaleta at right-back.

But with Zabaleta’s contract expiring at the end of the season, the 33-year-old is considering retirement.

And now Fredericks has been ruled out for three months, robbing him the chance to show why he should be Zabaleta’s long-term replacement.

Meanwhile, Sam Byram was sent on loan to Nottingham Forest, where he picked up a long-term injury as well.

Who is Mario Gaspar?

Mario Gaspar has been at Villarreal for his whole career. (Photo by Maria Jose Segovia/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

Villarreal defender Mario could be the answer to West Ham’s problems, if Pellegrini could convince him to leave his club.


The academy graduate has been with Villarreal his entire career, racking up over 300 appearances for their first-team.

The sporadic Spain international has also represented his country on three occasions, scoring a remarkable two goals.

This included a spectacular overhead kick against England in a 2-0 friendly victory for the Spaniards.

Mario’s chances with Spain have been limited in recent years, owing to the fact they have Hector Bellerin, Nacho Fernandez, Juanfran, Jonny Castro Otto, Dani Carvajal and Cesar Azpilicueta.

Nonetheless, the 27-year-old is still highly rated by La Liga watchers with his defensive solidity and his ability to bomb forward and join the attacks.

The Verdict

Mario could be an excellent long-term capture for West Ham.

If Zabaleta does retire next summer, then West Ham should move for Mario to have two right-backs in the prime of their career.

The competition between the Spaniard and Fredericks would be healthy as Pellegrini continues to build his squad.