West Ham United are pushing to sign Wolverhampton Wanderers defender Max Kilman to replace Nayef Aguerd if he departs the club, as per The Guardian.
Wolves captain, Kilman, who joined the club from Maidenhead United in August 2018, has experienced a remarkable ascent in his football career. Despite going under the radar in his youth career, the Englishman has significantly increased his value and impact at the Molineux Stadium over the past five years.
The Hammers are one centre-back less as Aguerd has squared up with the Morrocan national team for the African Cup of Nations and David Moyes is reportedly prepared to consider a replacement for Aguerd if a suitable option becomes available.
The Guardian further reports that West Ham are also interested in Bayer Leverkusen’s defender, Jonathan Tah, Nottingham Forest’s centre-back, Joe Worrall and Peterborough’s defensive prodigy, Ronnie Edwards who is also being courted by Crystal Palace.
However, Moyes is leaning towards a homegrown player and the 26-year-old fits the mould of a quality homegrown player for the Hammers’ backline.
Kilman who recently extended his contract at the Molineux Stadium will be available for £40m.
Should West Ham sign Kilman?
The 26-year-old has solidified his position at the heart of Wolverhampton Wanderers’ defense, making 129 appearances and contributing two goals and two assists. Kilman’s impressive performances have earned him the role of club captain for the Black Country outfit, attracting attention from several renowned clubs.
During the summer transfer window, many high-profile Premier League clubs expressed interest in signing Max Kilman. As the January transfer window approaches, West Ham have entered the race to secure his services. However, West Ham’s pursuit of Kilman hinges on the sale of Nayef Aguerd.
With Aguerd’s future at the London Stadium uncertain, reports widely suggest a potential January departure for the 27-year-old, who seeks new opportunities.
It remains to be seen if West Ham will fork out Wolves’ £40m valuation of their captain amid financial fair play rules.
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