It appears as though West Ham’s hopes of signing Unai Nunez are over for the time being.

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Athletic Bilbao confirmed via their official website that the centre-back has signed a new deal with the club until the summer of 2025.

Mundo Deportivo linked the Hammers with a £28 million move to sign the 23-year-old back in September.

Unai Nunez (Photo by Quality Sport Images/Getty Images)

Nunez stayed with the La Liga outfit, however. It is a real shame that David Moyes missed out on bringing Nunez to the London Stadium.

He would have been a great addition for us.

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Nunez made 20 La Liga appearances for Athletic Bilbao last season. During those outings, the Spaniard averaged 0.7 tackles, 1.3 interceptions and 3.5 clearances and 0.9 blocks per game. He also won an average of 2.5 aerial duals per match (Who Scored).

 

The 23-year-old is a very cultured defender.

Unai Nunez (Photo by Quality Sport Images/Getty Images)

The Spaniard is described as a tall, strong centre-back who is very good in the air by Inside Athletic (official website for Athletic Bilbao). It is also suggested that the 23-year-old is a fantastic reader of the game.

And Spanish newspaper AS describes the Athletic Bilbao ace as the ‘next big thing’.

West Ham’s hopes of bringing Nunez to east London appear to be over for now. Athletic Bilbao giving the defender a new contract could of course just been a ploy to increase his market value.

Only time will tell. But for now, it is more than likely that the Hammers will need to identify alternative central defensive reinforcements in January and next summer.

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