West Ham were heavily linked with a move for Chilean international Guillermo Maripan this summer.
As reported by The Sun in June, Manuel Pellegrini and director of football Mario Husillos were both keen on a move for the centre-back this summer.
The report claimed a £15 million bid was being readied for the player after a previous £13.5 million offer had been rejected by his club Deportivo Alaves. This came after La Segunda reported that West Ham had made a £9 million bid for the player in January.
However, Alaves appeared to want £22 million for the player and West Ham did not follow up on their interest.
Of course, that did not mean West Ham’s interest could not be revisited further down the line. Now, however, that may not be the case.
Maripan has finalised a transfer away from Alaves, joining Monaco in a deal reported by Goal to be worth in the region of €18 million (£16.3 million).
He will now be tasked with strengthening the Ligue 1 side’s woeful defensive record at the start of the season. The Monegasque have conceded eight goals in their opening three games of the season.
West Ham were clearly big fans of the player in the summer but with good options at centre-back already they had to invest in other areas of the team.
But Pellegrini would undoubtedly have liked to have Maripan lingering as a potential option further down the line. That no longer looks likely to be an option.