Irons Keen on Palace Defender

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 West Ham United are making proactive moves to address their defensive weaknesses, with incoming manager Julen Lopetegui reportedly setting his sights on Crystal Palace’s young star Marc Guehi.

Even before his official appointment, Lopetegui has identified the central defence as a critical area for improvement. The Hammers’ leaky defence has been a cause for concern throughout the season, and Lopetegui is determined to address this issue before the next campaign begins.

Guehi, a 23-year-old England international, has emerged as a key target for Lopetegui. Guehi’s young age, combined with his experience at the international level (having earned 9 caps for England), makes him a highly attractive prospect for West Ham. The Hammers are reportedly prepared to activate Guehi’s release clause to secure his services.

West Ham’s current defensive situation is far from ideal. Nayef Aguerd, a recent signing, is rumored to be unhappy at the club, while veteran Angelo Ogbonna (35) is nearing the twilight of his career. Kurt Zouma, another central defender, has been plagued by persistent knee problems, raising concerns about his fitness. Konstantinos Mavropanos, brought in last season for £18 million, has struggled with injuries and inconsistent form, failing to solidify his place in the starting lineup.

The potential signing of Guehi would bring much-needed depth and competition to West Ham’s central defense. His youthful talent and international experience suggest he has the potential to become a cornerstone of the backline for years to come. However, West Ham will need to navigate the challenge of activating his release clause and convincing Guehi that their rebuild project under Lopetegui is an attractive proposition.

The coming weeks and months will be crucial for West Ham as they look to reshape their defence. Whether Guehi becomes the first piece of the puzzle or not, it’s evident that Lopetegui is determined to address this critical area and build a more solid foundation for the upcoming season.

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  • Fisky says:

    Is he better than Johnson? We already have a young, versatile, homegrown defender that can play pretty much any position? Surely it would be better business to up his wages rather than paying some massive activation clause? Or am I missing something? Save the money and get a 2nd striker/forward surely? I keep reading about our defence but the top end of the pitch is just a worry? I love Antonio but he’s lost his edge and pace, although I would still keep him for another season if he’d be happy to start on the bench. But Ings has to go and when Mubama was given the odd chance he just looked lost and not at premier league level (yet). We need to spend money this summer, that’s for sure. COYI ⚒️⚒️⚒️⚒️

  • MelF says:

    100% optimistic speculation! Cuckoo land
    How can Wetspam afford £90mill for a future England captain CB.
    dream on and sign Garry McGuire for £70mill as a cheaper option😂

    • Adam says:

      I would take him done very well at Palace

    • Stuart Calder says:

      Is Garry McGuire related to Harry McGuire? 😁

    • Pete says:

      But if a stupid statement when we sold a better and more valuable one who actually will be England captain. Your argument has as much value as an Arsenal promise to with the league

  • Kelvin says:

    Would love to see Solet & Guehi as the backbone of our defence

  • Bongo Bertie says:

    Sorry Marc Guehi will only leave Palace for a Champions League club!!!!

  • Benny the Aussie says:

    How much is his release clause? Yes he would be quality and the age profile we need.

    • Jake says:

      There is no release clause for Marc Ghuehi, there is a clause that allows Chelsea to match any accepted offer and have first dibs. Badly researched article.

  • Roy of the Rovers says:

    Why would he want to sign for Westham? Lets be honest it isn’t much of a step up is it!

    Liverpool, Arsenal, Manchester City, definitely. One of the big clubs abroad maybe. Newcastle, Manchester United outside chance. But Westham!

    Sorry guys you are living in cuckoo land if you think Guehi would even consider it for more than a second.

  • Gary says:

    West Ham wish. Why would guehi go to a worst team. Madness.

  • Phil says:

    Since Hugh’s sad passing this site has become an embarrassment to the club. Your articles are now just a clickbait mixture of inaccuracy and mere fan speculation. You would do a better job of honouring Hugh’s memory by closing down rather than continuing in this way.

  • Jeeps says:

    Pie in the sky neither Ferdi Kadioglu (Arsenal chasing) or Marc Guehi are likely to be going to whu.
    Messing around making lowly offers is a waste of time.
    Time that should be used on probable candidates.
    If they are serious need to offer £30m+ to put other clubs off (hopefully).
    These are not BARGAIN players.

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