According to a report from Spanish media outlet AS, West Ham are keen to sign Real Sociedad defender Diego Llorente this summer. But the Hammers will face competition from Liverpool and Tottenham for the Spaniard’s signature.
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West Ham boss David Moyes will undoubtedly be keen to bolster his central defensive ranks at the London Stadium this summer. And so will Liverpool and Tottenham managers Jurgen Klopp and Jose Mourinho.
And Spanish publication AS claims that the Hammers, the Reds and Spurs are all keen to sign the 26-year-old defender. It is suggested that he has a €50 million (£45 million) release clause inserted into his contract with Sociedad.
And Llorente would be an excellent addition for whichever club wins the race for his signature. Although it certainly could be argued that £45 million is slightly on the expensive side in the current climate.
The Spaniard has made 19 La Liga appearances for Real Sociedad so far this season, racking up one assist in the process (Who Scored).
In those outings, Llorente has averaged one tackle, 1.1 interceptions, 3.9 clearances and 0.4 blocks per game (Who Scored).
The 26-year-old has also won 2.5 aerial duals on average per game during those appearances for Sociedad (Who Scored).
Llorente is by no means world class. But he is a very capable defender. His reported £45 million price tag might just put off West Ham, Liverpool and Tottenham, however.
In truth, out of the three clubs, only the Merseysiders would be able to afford that kind of fee.
So if the Hammers or Spurs are to have any real chance of signing Llorente, Real Sociedad will surely need to lower their asking price.