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Absolutely Buzzing | Lopetegui Delighted to Get His Man

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Julen Lopetegui must be a very happy man indeed. West Ham’s new head coach will be absolutely buzzing that the club has agreed to a £40 million transfer for Max Kilman.

The Wolverhampton Wanderers captain was Lopetegui’s first-choice transfer priority in an area of weakness for West Ham. However, it’s important to remember the Spaniard’s reasoning for leaving the Midlands club early last season.

Lopetegui allegedly left Wolves because he didn’t feel they provided him with the necessary backing in the transfer market. As anyone who has listened to his recent press conferences will know, Lopetegui is an ambitious man who is looking to at least repeat his achievements at Sevilla.

There was never any doubt that the former Real Madrid manager would have sought assurances from the West Ham hierarchy before accepting the top job at the London Stadium. So, with that in mind, he will see the signing of Kilman as a vindication of his decision to join the Hammers.

With an exciting winger in the form of Luis Guilherme already signed and a proven Premier League leader on the way, West Ham are in good shape to push forward. Lopetegui will no doubt be delighted to have completed the signing of Kilman early and be able to integrate him into pre-season training.

At £40 million, the club may well have overpaid for the Wolves central defender in terms of his market value. But factor in signing a captain and immediately putting the new head coach at ease, and there becomes a value to the signing that is intangible.

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  • Paul Lewis says:

    Excellent news

  • Kevlar says:

    Now get him a good partner in Jean Clare Tobido from nice

  • D says:

    Totally agree with your summation Gonzo.

  • Steveo says:

    Great signing for us Kidman. Played every game for Wolves last season he has a bit of pace about him and excellent positional ability. Definitely an upgrade on what we have. The manager obviously knows what he brings to the team. Zouma and Nayef cost us quite a few goals with lack of pace and awareness

  • Phil McDonald says:

    Not just getting him, but doing so before pre-season friendlies start. A new beginning? Now we just need Sully to delete ‘favoured agents’ from his phone and deny the Calum Wilson nonsense.

  • Kevin says:

    Great signing, our new captain 👏

    • Hammers54 says:

      Year right on now let’s get a few more in looking forward to new change of players and tactics this season coyi

  • Stuart Bruin says:

    West ham have paid top dollar. Wolves have made a great profit from the sale which is a great step towards the Premier league rules regarding profit and sustainability. Mr. Lopetigue will spend tens of millions to make himself look good. Best of luck with that one. Strange about the rumours of him walking and the same day the price of £40 m is agreed.

  • Bob says:

    John ur the clown and how bout u shut it, coyi

  • Stephen Tetlow says:

    Lop is a chequebook manager. He is self serving and won’t hesitate in throwing the club under the bus if it suits his personal agenda.
    He likes to tout his credentials, often mentioning that he managed at international level and with Real Madrid. But his time at Real was a disaster and they soon got rid if him and he was sacked as Spanish manager on the eve of a tournament after doing business behind their backs.
    He went public in his spat with the Wolves hierarchy, washing dirty laundry in public and left them in the lurch just a few days before the start of the season.
    He made it pretty clear that Wolves weren’t good enough, after selling key players, to stay in the Prem.
    Gary O’Neil proved him wrong.
    Beware. He likes to spend money and will dump you when the time suits him.

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