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West Ham can make statement of intent with signing of Manchester City player

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West Ham can make statement of intent with signing of Manchester City player

The defender looks set to leave the Etihad this summer and the Hammers could pounce.

West Ham United boss Manuel Pellegrini has had a decent maiden campaign in charge of the Hammers. His team defeated Tottenham on Saturday and will hope to finish the season with a flourish.

Next season will be a big one for the Chilean boss who will hope to finally stamp his authority on the squad. Some deadwood will be offloaded and Pellegrini will look to add some more of his own players.

According to Marca, West Ham are one of the clubs keen on signing Manchester City defender Nicolas Otamendi.

 

The Argentinean has been at the Etihad Stadium for four years; playing over 100 times for the club. This season he has fallen down the pecking order under Pep Guardiola, however, starting just 14 league games for the Citizens.

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The 31-year-old needs to be playing regular football and Pellegrini can hand him that at West Ham. The central defender would be seen as a coup for a club like the Hammers.

Otamendi is still a good player; it is just unfortunate that he has Aymeric Laporte and Vincent Kompany have been preferred more often than not for Guardiola.

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West Ham fans want to see Pellegrini push their club into contention for Europe. As a result, the signing of Otamendi makes complete sense. His vast experience of the division and undoubted quality would see him quickly become the top defender at the club.

One issue could be his salary. Otamendi earns £120k-a-week at City, according to Spotrac. The chance to play frequent football and work with Pellegrini again could see him excited by the London Stadium project, however.

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