It’s no secret that West Ham are a club in need of improvements in the defence.
Currently sitting in 9th in the Premier League table, the Hammers have a goal difference of -5 and the highest number of goals conceded out of any team in the top 10, with sides such as Newcastle, Crystal Palace and Brighton all conceding less than the east London club.
The upcoming summer transfer window will be one of the clubs most important in years, and with Manuel Pellegrini creating a real sense of direction for the club this season, West Ham fans are confident in the transfer committee bringing in the right players to push the Hammers for an illustrious top six finish.
One of the names that West Ham have been linked with is Alaves defender Guillermo Maripan, with football.london reporting that Pellegrini and director of football Mario Husillos are very interested in the Chilean centre-back.
The 24-year-old defender has impressed with the La Liga side this season, helping the club to 5th in the league table and being a big contributor to the Basque’s impressive defensive record, conceding 31 goals so far, less than Real Madrid and Sevilla this campaign.
So what are the potential consequences of West Ham signing Maripan from Alaves?
Centre-back sales for the Hammers
The signing of Maripan, who has a release clause of £21 million, would mean that one of West Ham’s four centre-backs would have to make way for the Chilean, but the question of who will leave is a tricky one to answer.
Issa Diop, Fabian Balbuena and Angelo Ogbonna have been used the most by Manuel Pellegrini this season, which means that Winston Reid could find himself on the transfer list this summer.
Despite the sentimental value Reid has at the club, being the defender that scored the final goal at Upton Park, it would seem likely that the New Zealand international will be the most likely to leave east London. The defender has not featured for the club since his freak injury to Swansea City nearly a year ago.
Pellegrini shores up the defence
The arrival of the Chilean defender might mean that West Ham have to sell a defender that has a history with the club, but Maripan brings with him defensive security the likes of which the Irons are in need of if they are to progress as a club.
Maripan has been an essential player in Alaves’ surprise run for European football this season, and his warrior-like attitude will be something West Ham will approve of.
As well as adding quality to the defence, Maripan’s Chilean links will make him a player eager to impress Pellegrini, who is an icon his nation. This will mean that the 24-year-old will want to impress in the Premier League and put in big performances in order to keep a place in the starting XI.
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