West Ham United have once again been linked with a move for Premier League winner Nicolas Otamendi.
West Ham have been credited with a longstanding interest in the player who was brought to Manchester City by Manuel Pellegrini.
Otamendi has been on the periphery under Pep Guardiola.
And the Argentine is being linked with a move away.
West Ham ‘keeping tabs’ on Otamendi
According to fellow Hammers site Knees Up Mother Brown, West Ham are keeping tabs on the 31-year-old.
Wolves and Atletico Madrid have also been linked in recent weeks.
But West Ham boss Pellegrini should steer clear of bringing the erratic defender to East London.
On a free transfer, Otamendi would make a great signing. But The Times reported at the weekend that Manchester City want as much as £20million for him.
Pellegrini’s compatriot the wiser choice
If that is the case then it would make infinitely more sense for West Ham to push through a deal for another reported target Guillermo Maripan.
The Chilean was imperious for Alaves last season. At 25, the 6ft 4in defender has his best years ahead of him. And his powerful dominant style is ideally suited to the Premier League.
Reports have claimed Maripan is available for anything between £10m and £21m (The Sun).
Fans want young, hungry Hammers
The Hammers already have a relationship with Alaves too having sold Lucas Perez to the La Liga club recently.
West Ham should be looking to build a young, hungry team around the likes of Issa Diop and Declan Rice.
Maripan fits that vision. Otamendi certainly doesn’t.
Both players would improve Pellegrini’s options in their own way.
Maripan would be a real statement of intent. But Otamendi would be seen as yet another in a long line of cast-offs getting one last big contract in the Premier League with West Ham.
As a result it is clear there is only once choice to help the Hammers progress.