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Joel Veltman would be a really smart signing for West Ham

According to a report from the Daily Mail, West Ham are keen on signing Joel Veltman this summer.

And the Holland international would be a really fine addition for the Hammers.

The 27-year-old has been an incredibly consistent performer for Ajax over the last few years, and he could be just the man to help take West Ham to another level in terms of solidarity at the back.

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Veltman is a right-back by trade, but he can also operate in central defence. He would provide great competition for the likes of Ryan Fredericks and Pablo Zabaleta, whilst also offering cover for Issa Diop, Angelo Ogbonna and Fabian Balbuena.

Leadership skills

The Dutchman is Ajax’s club captain, and that says all you need to know about his personality.

West Ham have lacked leaders in recent years, and Veltman would solve that problem in an instant.

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Playing style

The Ajax ace is a strong, tough-tackling defender, and he seems to be ideally suited to the robust nature of the Premier League.

Veltman never backs away from a physical challenge, and he would add a real layer of steel to the Hammers’ back-line.

With Zabaleta set to turn 35 in January, he would be the ideal long-term replacement for the Argentine.

The Daily Mail claims that he is keen on a switch to the Premier League too.

So Pellegrini must not hesitate to bring the 27-year-old to the London Stadium.

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