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West Ham keeping tabs on Hugo Guillamon

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According to a report from 90min, West Ham are keeping tabs on Valencia midfielder Hugo Guillamon.

THE LOWDOWN: WEST HAM INTERESTED

The Hammers are interested in bringing the Spanish central midfielder to the London Stadium, one of a number of players that are being looked at to give them more strength in depth in the defensive midfield area.

THE LATEST: NO MOVE MADE YET

With the likes of Ibrahim Sangare and Edson Alvarez also being considered as per the same 90min article, Irons boss David Moyes is yet to decide on his preferred option, but he sees Guillamon as a potential signing depending on his availability.

However, with the £22.5m-rated man signing a new contract at current club Valencia until 2026 at the start of October, the higher transfer fee that the Spanish side can now command may prove to be a sticking point in any potential move.

THE VERDICT: FANTASTIC SIGNING IF POSSIBLE

The Spaniard already has three caps to his name for the national side, with manager Luis Enrique insisting that he “trusted” the developing talent because of the level of performance he had displayed in games for Valencia.

Indeed, the potential Irons signing, who is able to play both as a defensive midfielder and as a centre-back, has impressed for his club since breaking into the first-team, averaging 2.64 clearances per 90 minutes over the past year, in the top 4% for midfielders in Europe.

Not only is he solid in a defensive sense but the £27k-per-week man has impressed on the front foot so far this season, weighing in with three assists in ten La Liga outings during the 2022-23 campaign.

If the West Ham board are able to tempt the 22-year-old into joining the club then the deal makes perfect sense, but they will reportedly have to meet a release clause of £44m to acquire his services.

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