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Pellegrini keen on Chilean defender

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West Ham are being linked with a move for Alaves central defender Guillermo Maripan.

The Chilean international is reported to be a key target of fellow countryman Manuel Pellegrini this summer with West Ham reported to have already seen a £10million bid for the 24-year-old rejected, according to Spanish sources.

Those same pundits have already compared the 6'4" centre half to the likes of Barca's legendary Gerard Piqué and Real's Sergio Ramos and it is unlikely that West Ham will be without competition, should they proceed with their interest in Maripan.

Embed from Getty Images But despite that previous setback, Pellegrini is keen to revisit the possibility of signing Maripan at the end of the season - even though clubs such as Barcelona, Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid have also been linked with the player in recent months.

But Guillermo is also a physical player, as was Sergio Ramos at his age.

Embed from Getty Images "Despite being tall he is not slow at all, and he likes to play with the ball at his feet," said Borja Mallo, editor of News of Alava.

"When a team with Alaves' budget is fifth in a tournament as important as the Spanish League there are a multitude of clubs in Europe, Asia and the Middle East that will be looking to sign their players.
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