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Further disappointment for West Ham as Leeds allegedly close in on signing £46m man

According to Sky Sports reporter Bryan Swanson, Leeds are closing in on the signing of alleged West Ham target Diego Llorente.

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David Moyes clearly needs to sign an established centre-half by the time the transfer window closes. He has said so himself on numerous occasions.

And Real Sociedad ace Diego Llorente is a target for the Hammers, according to a report from Spanish media outlet AS.

That dream could be dead in the water already, however, with Sky Sports reporter Bryan Swanson reporting that Leeds boss Marcelo Bielsa is close to bringing the 27-year-old centre-back to Elland Road.

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And missing out to Leeds on Llorente would be a big blow for West Ham.

AS claims that the Sociedad ace has a £46 million release clause in his current contract, however. So perhaps it was an unrealistic dream to begin with for us.

Stats

The Spaniard made 29 La Liga appearances for Real Sociedad last season, racking up one goal and one assist in the process (Who Scored).

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In those outings, Llorente averaged one tackle, 1.1 interceptions, 3.2 clearances and 0.2 blocks per game (Who Scored).

The 27-year-old also won 2.4 aerial duals on average per game during those appearances for Sociedad (Who Scored).

Llorente is a classy defender. If Leeds can secure his signature at a reduced rate, he might well end up being a brilliant capture for them.

And it will once again be a case of what might have been for West Ham.

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