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A Rising Star to Bolster the Backline

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West Ham United are reportedly closing in on the signing of Udinese’s young defender Nehuen Perez, according to La Gazzetta dello Sport. This move could have significant implications for the Hammers’ backline and potentially the future of current captain Kurt Zouma.

The 23-year-old Argentinian centre-back has been turning heads in Serie A since arriving at Udinese from Atletico Madrid. Initially joining on loan in 2021, his impressive performances convinced Udinese to make the move permanent. Perez quickly established himself as a regular starter, featuring in 36 of Udinese’s 38 league matches last season and playing a crucial role in their fight against relegation.

Perez’s talent hasn’t gone unnoticed by the Argentinian national team either. He has already earned two caps for his country, most recently playing the full 90 minutes in a 3-0 victory over El Salvador in March.

Kurt Zouma currently holds the captain’s armband at West Ham. However, his inconsistent performances, particularly under pressure, have drawn criticism from some sections of the fanbase. The potential arrival of Perez, a young and highly-rated defender, could signal a change in West Ham’s defensive plans. Perez’s presence could challenge Zouma for a starting position and potentially even his captaincy.

There is no doubt about it, the signing of Nehuen Perez would be a significant boost for West Ham’s backline. He is a young, talented defender with experience playing at a high level. While Zouma remains the captain, Perez’s arrival could spark a healthy competition within the squad. However, it looks increasingly likely that Zouma will be off to pastures anew.

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  • Paul says:

    Give the captaincy to either Boyen or Kudus, to give them some incentive to stay a Hammer ????????

  • Hammeroo says:

    It’s BOWEN and he doesn’t really need any more incentive to stay a Hammer. His partner Dani and mother of his twins is a big West Ham fan, as is his father-in-law Danny Dyer. Jarrod loves the club and I think he would make a good captain.

  • David Murray says:

    I think Alvarez would be a perfect captain for the Mighty Hammers

    • Hammeroo says:

      Yes, he might be good enough if he can tone down his aggressive nature just enough to reduce his yellow card count. But would he stick around long enough to make a difference or would he be off to a big six club for the glory like Lucas Paqueta WAS intending to do?

      I still think Jarrod Bowen would wear the badge like it means something to him. He did sign a 7 year contract, don’t forget.

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