Date: 6th December 2018 at 12:18pm
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West Ham United are plotting a freebie swoop for Manchester United defender Antonio Valencia next summer, according to the Sun.

The newspaper reports on its website that the Hammers are looking to sign the 33-year-old in next summer’s transfer window, especially with current right-back Pablo Zabaleta potentially retiring at the end of the season.

The report adds that Manuel Pellegrini is an admirer of the proven 5ft 11in [Transfermarkt] ace, who is also the subject of interest from Spain and Italy.

Valencia is able to speak to clubs in January as his contract expires at the end of the current campaign.

OPINION

Even though Valencia is the same age as Zabaleta, there is no denying that he would be a fantastic addition to this West Ham side. He has proved for United over the years that he is reliable in defence, as well as being fearsome when he goes forward. It seems surprising that Jose Mourinho has only played him four times in the Premier League this season as there is no doubt that Valencia still possesses the quality needed to be in a top side. However, if first team opportunities are going to be hard to come by at Old Trafford, then there is no doubt that he will consider a move away in order to get more minutes under his belt. It is not a surprise that he also has interest from clubs in Spain and Italy, but come the summer, it looks like the Irons will hold the advantage, especially if Valencia wants to remain in the Premier League.