West Ham had a January bid for Deportivo Alaves defender Guillermo Maripan turned down, according to reports in Spain. Spanish newspaper La Segunda reports that West Ham’s €10m (just over £8.5m) offer was rebuffed by the La Liga outfit.
But West Ham are expected to return for Maripan in the summer. Manuel Pellegrini is already casting his mind ahead to the summer transfer window as he aims to bolster the Hammers’ defence.
West Ham have shipped five goals in their last two games – against relegation-threatened Cardiff City and Huddersfield Town. And consequently, centre-back has become a priority target for Pellegrini when the summer transfer window opens.
Maripan is an option for the Irons, but they might have to up their January bid to stand a chance of landing the Alaves star.
Who is Guillermo Maripan?
Maripan has been playing for Alaves since his 2017 move from South American side Universidad Catolica. He signed a four-year deal to keep him at Alaves until 2021.
The 13-cap Chile international is known by Pellegrini, who comes from the same country. And this could help to convince Maripan to join his fellow countryman in East London.
Maripan stands at 6ft 4in tall and is well-equipped to thrive as a central defender in the Premier League.
This season, the 24-year-old has played 22 games for Alaves, scoring twice and grabbing two assists to help his side to a shock fifth position in La Liga.
West Ham are keen on reigniting their interest in Maripan this summer to bolster their central defensive options.