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Report: Sources expect cut-priced deal for £17m West Ham-linked star, PL move likely

According to The Athletic, Marseille will look to sell Duje Caleta-Car this summer, following previous interest from West Ham United.

David Moyes had sought to add the 24-year-old Croatian to his options at the London Stadium last summer (The Sun). The Irons bid £25million at the time and offered the centre-half a mammoth £150,000-per-week contract.

But Caleta-Car turned down the move (Guardian) as he wanted to stay and play in the Champions League. Yet West Ham returned in January with another failed swoop (La Provence) and were joined by Liverpool (Sky Sports).

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Caleta-Car described Liverpool’s interest as an ‘honour’, but some sources in France now expect the defender to join a side outside of the Champions League. Instead, they back Marseille to sell the 14-cap enforcer to a team likely around the level of the Europa League.


Marseille are not expected to earn their full asking price, either. The Orange Velodrome outfit now value Caleta-Car at €20m (£17m) but sources tell The Athletic €15m (£13m) is more likely.

It is also likely that the 6 ft 3 enforcer moves to either the Premier League or Bundesliga this summer. But it is too early to say which club will win the race for Caleta-Car after his Euro 2020 finishes.

TBR’s view: West Ham given another shot at Caleta-Car

West Ham have another shot at a transfer with sources telling The Athletic that Caleta-Car is no longer likely to join a Champions League side. Moyes seemingly admires what the Croatian can bring to east London, having sought his signature in the last two windows.

One of the key traits he would bring is in the air. Caleta-Car is supreme and aggressive in battling for the ball when it is off the ground to protect his line. He is not an attacking threat, though, with just seven goals in 258 domestic fixtures throughout his career.

The Irons can also offer Caleta-Car European football now after qualifying for the Europa League. It is a step down from UEFA’s premier club competition, but is more than they could offer a year ago.

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