According to a report from Spanish media outlet AS, West Ham are still ‘probing’ Athletic Bilbao regarding a potential swoop for Unai Nunez.

AS claimed back in January that the Hammers wanted to sign the 23-year-old centre-back.

And Spanish publication El Correo suggested yesterday that the Spaniard is available for €30 million (£28 million) in the summer.

West Ham desperately need to sign a new central defender at the end of this season, whenever that actually ends up being.

The type of player they go for will depend on which division they are in, however.

 

AS claims that the Hammers are not giving up on Nunez, and are still very keen to sign the Athletic Bilbao ace.

Athletic de Bilbao v Granada - Spanish Copa del Rey

Unai Nunez (Photo by David S. Bustamante/Soccrates/Getty Images)

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In 12 La Liga outings this season, the 23-year-old has averaged 0.8 tackles, 1.3 interceptions, 4.3 clearances and 0.8 blocks per game. He has also won 2.5 aerial duals on average per game during that period (Who Scored).

Standing at 6ft 1in tall, Nunez isn’t the tallest of centre-backs. But judging by the amount of aerial duals he wins, he is clearly very strong in the air.

For just £28 million, he would be a very useful addition to the West Ham squad.

The Hammers won’t have things all their own way, however, with AC Milan also thought to be in the running to sign the 23-year-old (AS).

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