Get French Football News writer Adam White insists Duje Caleta-Car would need to be a regular starter if he is to thrive in the Premier League.
The Croatia international has been linked with a move away from Marseille, with England being touted as a potential destination for the central defender.
Caleta-Car made 39 appearances for the French club last season but is expected to depart as Jorge Sampaoli prepares for his first full season in charge.
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West Ham United have been long-term admirers of the 24-year-old, but he turned down a move to the London Stadium last September as he wanted to remain in the Champions League.
However, with David Moyes’ side preparing for a return to European football in the Europa League, the Hammers have revived their interest.
While Fabian Balbuena has departed the club following the expiry of his contract, Angelo Ogbonna, Craig Dawson and Issa Diop provide Moyes with plenty of options.
White believes Caleta-Car, 24, would struggle in his new surroundings if he is not in the starting line-up regularly.
Speaking exclusively to The Transfer Tavern, White said: “He’s very physical, he’s a really big bloke, but not particularly nimble or pacey.
“He has improved at Marseille but I think he’s one of those players that would need to be playing every game to get rhythm and consistency. If he was expected to drop in and out, I would worry about his sharpness.
“You could argue that he’s maybe found his level at Marseille.”
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