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West Ham United has surged to the front of the queue to sign Aston Villa striker Jhon Duran, according to Italian journalist Fabrizio Romano.

While Chelsea was previously linked to the Colombian forward, Romano reports that Duran has now opted for West Ham. The chance to reunite with manager Julen Lopetegui, who Duran admires, seems to be the driving force behind this decision.

West Ham is actively seeking attacking reinforcements under their new boss, Lopetegui. Last season, the team relied heavily on winger Jarrod Bowen for goals. Duran’s arrival would provide much-needed depth and competition in the striking department.

Duran’s time at Aston Villa has been underwhelming. He has seen limited playing time (just over 7.5 hours) under Unai Emery. With Villa set to embark on their first Champions League campaign, they seem content to let Duran leave.

Aston Villa reportedly wants around £40 million for Duran, with potential add-ons included in the deal.

Romano suggests West Ham has a “strong chance” of securing Duran’s signature. Duran’s desire to play under Lopetegui significantly boosts West Ham’s position in the race for the striker.

If West Ham completes the deal, Duran could find himself as the team’s starting striker under Lopetegui.

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  • Bullsh*t man says:

    Reunite with Lopetegui?!

  • John Ayris says:

    Villa are probably not content to see Duran leave, they are not one of the big six with large revenues. Clubs need to wheel and deal now in order to stay within PSR and the sale of Duran will be part of that.

    The larger your revenue the more you have to spend within PSR is the way of the world now and just at the moment Villa are punching above their weight.

    We probably have the seventh highest revenue looking at the right now, exceptionally high this year due to player sales and the Europa League run. We may even be close to sixth.

  • Paul Taylor says:

    Unfortunately, Moyes philosophy of buying experienced, ageing player’s who’s value will only depreciate now leaves the club with so many unsaleable players that can only be moved on at a loss. The shift to buying mostly younger player’s is welcomed but we still seem to be paying over the odds when we should also be concentrating on undiscovered, unexpposed gems that can be bought for far less but have the potential to be sold at a vast profit. Ideally, a mixture of experienced and younger bought player’s with the academy potential player’s seem the sensible approach which is the way we’re heading, hopefully under Lopetegui, who seems to be changing the whole culture of the club on and off the field.

  • D says:

    Totally agree with that Paul

  • Andy D says:

    In an ideal world the lower divisions here and abroad are stuffed full of untapped talent ‘going for a song’.
    In reality we bring kids along from the age of 7 or 8 and give them every opportunity to succeed via the academy. Strange how rare it is we can bring through talent worthy of competing in the premiership. And when we have any that show promise, we assume a position where they owe the club and should do their time. Then they leave and we pick up a compensation payment. How will we find untapped talent if we can’t tap our own academy. Investment in the future of the academy should be a priority instead of wasting millions on players who aren’t good enough to feature in Ur first team and never looked likely either.

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