Any hopes Manuel Pellegrini had of finally bringing fellow Chilean Guillermo Maripan to West Ham United in January look doomed.

West Ham boss Pellegrini was heavily linked with a move to bring his compatriot Maripan to the club over the summer.

According to reports West Ham were readying a £10-15million move for the 6ft 4in star (Mundo Deportivo and The Sun).

In fact Marca even claimed Maripan’s club Alaves did not field the 25-year-old in their last two La Liga fixtures of the 2018/19 season as they did not want to jeopardise his potential move to West Ham.

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Copa star’s West Ham move failed to materialise

The rangy centre back went on to be one of the stars of the Copa America with Chile.

Maripan was twice named in the team of the round as he helped Chile to the semi-finals.

But the move to West Ham never materialised.

Speaking to El Mundo Deportivo recently, Maripan revealed he was left feeling ‘awkward’ and disappointed over his collapsed move to the Hammers.

 

And how West Ham could do with him. The Hammers have got off to an inauspicious start and look poor at the back.

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January move looks doomed as Monaco swoop

To compound their failure to push through a move, West Ham’s hopes of landing the player in January look doomed.

That’s after Monaco swooped for the defender and look set to sign him for a bargain £13million.

RMC and Get Football News France report that Monaco have agreed a £13million deal with Alaves to sign Maripan.

The report claims the player has also already agreed personal terms and will was set to arrive in Monaco this weekend for a medical.

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Hammers have dropped a clanger

West Ham have really dropped a clanger with the failed Maripan move.

A top quality centre back, in the prime of his career at a bargain price.

West Ham co-owners David Sullivan and David Gold gave Pellegrini a net spend of just £35million in the summer.

And that paltry spend has already been exposed in the opening games of the season.

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