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Hammers deny permanent defender deal

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West Ham have denied that Thilo Kehrer will sign a permanent deal with Monaco this winter.

Kehrer-West Ham-substitute-Thilo Kehrer is reportedly a transfer target for Aston Villa and Bundesliga side Eintracht Frankfurt. The 27-year-old arrived at the London club from Paris Saint-Germain in the summer of 2022. The report emanates from Sky Sports Austria, who claim that Kehrer has caught the eye of Unai Emery. Aston Villa is on an unexpected title charge, and the Midlands board will be looking to give Emery funds to strengthen the squad. Kehrer has fallen out of favor at West Ham and is currently out of David Moyes' plans. With Nayef Aguerd traveling to the African Cup of Nations next month, Kehrer may yet get a chance to play this season. However, it would be completely understandable if the player pushed for a move. When he joined West Ham, Kehrer was a German international playing for PSG. It would be hard to blame him if he were to swap a place on the West Ham bench for the chance at a title chase.

Hammers deny permanent defender deal

ITK Fabrizio Romano claimed the the club has been closing in on a deal with the Ligue One for around £10 million but that is not the case.

Instead the Hammers are still talking with Monaco about a loan deal which they would hope to make permanent in the summer.

Kehrer has become know to be on his way this winter after failing to come up to expectations at the London Stadium and has mentioned himself in the past that a move coul;d be on although that was expected to be to German.

At one point there were up to 10 clubs showing an interest in the  27 year old despite him only making four Premier League appearances this season.

However, Monaco appear to have won the race for his services which will see him return to France after signing for the Irons from Paris St Germain.

Our source discussing Romano’s claim that the two clubs were closing on on a summer deal said: ” That is not the case. We are involved in ongoing discussions, but only as a  loan that has every chance of being made permanent in the summer.”

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Hugh Southon is a lifelong Iron and the founding editor of ClaretandHugh. He is a national newspaper journalist of many years experience and was Bobby Moore's 'ghost' writer during the great man's lifetime. He describes ClaretandHugh as "the Hammers daily newspaper!"

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