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Doherty would be an ideal replacement for ageing Zabaleta at West Ham

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Doherty would be an ideal replacement for ageing Zabaleta at West Ham

Matt Doherty is reportedly a target for Tottenham Hotspur this January (The Irish Independent).

The Wolverhampton Wanderers full-back has apparently made his way onto Spurs’ radar, after a brilliant season so far.

The Republic of Ireland international has been one of Wolves’ standout performers this term, starting every single Premier League match.

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Not only has Doherty been solid in defence, he’s also weighed in with three goals and four assists, suggesting he is currently one of the best attacking full-backs in the division.

It’s easy to see why Tottenham might be interested in signing Doherty, and it’s also easy to see why Wolves want to offer him a new deal to extend his stay at Molineux.

West Ham could do with Doherty

One club that could certainly use the services of the marauding Doherty is West Ham United.

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Irons boss Manuel Pellegrini has had to put his faith in Pablo Zabaleta this season after an early injury to Ryan Fredericks.

 

The Argentinian has done very well to his credit, but surely must be feeling the wear and tear now having featured so prominently.

Zabaleta will be 34 this month, and there was talk at the back end of last year that retirment might be on the horizon at the end of the season until he forsaw talks about an extension.

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That’s why West Ham need to start thinking about life after him. There might not be much chance of a deal, but Doherty would be a brilliant signing for the long-term.

He would not come cheap, but the Hammers would be making an investment in a potential problem position.

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Tom is a Public Relations (Sports) graduate who has built up experience in digital football writing and original content production, with words having reached millions online. Also very partial to a cheeky pub quiz.

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