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West Ham in Stalemate Over Walker-Peters

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West Ham United‘s quest for a new right-back has encountered a roadblock as negotiations with Southampton for Kyle Walker-Peters have deadlocked due to a significant difference in valuation, according to Sky Sports journalist Dharmesh Sheth.

Sheth reports that bolstering the right-back position is a top priority for West Ham in this summer’s transfer window.

West Ham are considering both Walker-Peters and Manchester United’s Aaron Wan-Bissaka as potential solutions.

However, negotiations with Southampton for Walker-Peters have revealed a substantial gap in valuations. However, the Saints’ position is weakened by the fact that Walker-Peters’ contract expires next year.

With Julen Lopetegui now in charge, West Ham’s opening Premier League fixture could feature an entirely new backline. Right-back is considered the most critical area demanding reinforcement.

West Ham have already secured the signing of Max Kilman from Wolverhampton Wanderers and are actively pursuing Jean-Clair Todibo with a near £30 million bid.

Even before arriving at West Ham, Lopetegui identified six positions that needed strengthening. Right-back was evidently one of those crucial areas.

Despite spending a season in the Championship, Walker-Peters’ impressive performance with a promotion-winning team suggests he might be ready for a return to the top flight.

West Ham’s pursuit of a new right-back faces a valuation hurdle with Southampton over Walker-Peters. The Saints’ awareness of the player’s expiring contract could work in West Ham’s favour as they aim to solidify their backline under Lopetegui’s leadership.

Factoring in negotiations for Danny Ings and our exclusive this morning revealing the Striker’s refusal to leave West Ham for St Mary’s – this would easily explain the complex nature of negotiations involved between the two clubs and why – from the outside looking in – progress is slow.

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  • weathamsteve says:

    Apparently Ings is on £125,000 a week and when you don’t have to play,why not stay where you are.It’s easy money!

  • Matt says:

    KWP would definitely suit WHU. Probably on much less p/w than Obi Wan-Bissaka and offers more going forward, altho Aaron bettter defensively.

    If J-Lo wants width from full backs then KWP is the better option IMO.

    Saints won’t have a massive budget due to PSR I’m guessing. This might be one that gets done later in the window. They might find it hard to sell the dream of playing for the bookies favourites for the drop. That makes me think we can get him for the desired price later in the window.

  • Ian says:

    I’d prefer Wan Bissaka. But Walker Peters is decent.

  • Ian says:

    You can keep Ings, ungrateful wretch

    • Clarkycat9 says:

      Absolutely right and it’s clearly all agent/paper talk anyway, KWP might only have a year or so left but I get the impression he won’t leave to play second fiddle at spuds or join an equally unstable/average side WH and could leave for nothing next season

      • John Ayris says:

        So he wont leave to join Tottenham or an equally unstable and average West Ham, both so unstable and average that they’re almost certain to finish top half this coming season at worst. But he will stay with totally stable and anything but average Southampton who are 11/8 with Bet 365 to go straight back down to the Championship. He must have a totally rational mind eh…

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