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Fabrizio Romano: West Ham’s interest in Premier League ace is “absolutely genuine”

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West Ham’s interest in signing Wolves defender Max Kilman in the summer transfer window is “absolutely genuine” according to journalist Fabrizio Romano.

The Englishman has stood out as one of Wanderers’ most important players in recent years, proving to be a mainstay at the heart of their defence.

Last season, Kilman started all 38 of Wolves’ Premier League matches, averaging 4.7 clearances per game in the process, but he may feel that this summer represents time for a new challenge.

The 27-year-old has been linked with a move to West Ham, with Julen Lopetegui looking to make some key additions ahead of the 2024/25, and the rumour is refusing to go away.

Speaking to Give Me Sport, Romano claimed that the Hammers’ interest in Kilman in the summer window remains strong, with their new manager keen on snapping him up, having worked with him at Wolves:

“They already made two bids; the first one was rejected, and the second one included a player but was again rejected by Wolves. They want around £45million for Kilman, and probably they expect also some other big clubs to enter the race for Kilman later in the window, so this is why they are taking their time. But interest from West Ham is absolutely genuine.

“They like the player, and obviously Julen Lopetegui knows him very well, and so they are still pushing to go for him, I think they will try again.”

Kilman could be a perfect summer signing for West Ham, ticking so many boxes when it comes to the type of player they are looking for this summer.

The Wolves hero now has a wealth of experience in the Premier League, making a total of 127 appearances in the competition, and his consistency and availability are highlighted by his aforementioned statistics last season.

Now 27, Kilman is both a seasoned professional and also a player with another five or six years potentially ahead of him at the top level, so he could be one of the first names on Lopetegui’s team sheet for some time.

There are few negatives to West Ham signing him, in truth, even though the transfer fee could be big, so it is a piece of business that the Hammers should be looking to get over the line as soon as possible.

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