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West Ham should move for Mexico’s Guillermo Ochoa this summer

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West Ham should move for Mexico’s Guillermo Ochoa this summer

The Mexico goalkeeper is long overdue a big transfer and West Ham should be interested.

West Ham are keen to bring in a new goalkeeper this summer, with Joe Hart seemingly on his way out of the London Stadium and Lucasz Fabianski has been touted as the priority target, according to reports from Sky Sports.

However, large portions of the Hammers’ support are concerned about the deal, suggesting the Polish stopper doesn’t represent the lofty standards the club should be looking to reach in the near future, and are calling for different targets.

Everyone involved with the club will have been watching Mexico against Germany yesterday, as Chicharito spearheaded a sensational victory over the defending champions, in what is arguably Mexico’s greatest triumph in the competition.

Guillermo Ochoa is sure to have caught the eye, as he put in a typically assured display between the sticks, thwarting a constant Germany attack in the second-half.

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The 32-year-old announced himself to the world in the last World Cup in Brazil four years ago, showcasing his agility, reflexes and acrobatic ability, making a name for himself as one of the exceptional goalkeepers in the tournament.

 

Fast-forward to Russia 2018, and it looks as though his standards remain just as high, if not higher.

His biggest test came towards the first-half interval, as Real Madrid ace Toni Kroos looked to even the scoreline with a dangerous free-kick.

The 28-year-old typically struck the ball with venom and accuracy, and it looked to be heading for the top corner, but Ochoa adjusted his feet incredibly quickly and threw himself to his left, firming the ball onto the crossbar with his right-hand.

There has been nothing to suggest that the Mexican has weaknesses to his game, and being a year younger than Fabianski, 33, Pellegrini should really be considering making a move this summer.

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His contract is due to run out this month with Belgian outfit Standard Liege and he could be available for a cut-price fee, or even a free transfer. The Chilean coach would be best advised to make a move as soon as possible though, as continued performances will likely garner interest from rival clubs.

Sports journalist based in London. Previously of HITC and 90min.

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