West Ham to confirm signing of Kostantinos Mavropanos from Stuttgart as Hammers look to bolster their defence with £18million centre-back
- Hammers set to confirm signing of Greek defender to help bolster their defence
- David Moyes’ side enjoyed a 3-1 victory over Chelsea at the London Stadium
- Kostantinos Mavropanos from Stuttgart, is a strong replacement for Manchester United’s Harry Maguire, who the Hammers originally eyed as their key target
By Simon Jones
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West Ham will confirm the signing of Kostantinos Mavropanos from Stuttgart after he passed a medical yesterday.
The 25-year-old centre back has joined for £18m with ten percent of the fee going to his former club Arsenal.
The East London club said goodbye to their former captain Declan Rice in a record £115million move to London rivals Arsenal.
Following the same Arsenal connections, David Moyes‘ side have been eyeing the Greek defender to help bolster their defence.
Mavropanos has been a key transfer target for the Hammers since their move for Manchester United’s Harry Maguire collapsed, after the player insisted on staying at the Manchester club.
The Greek defender signed for Stuttgart in 2020 after leaving Arsenal and helped the German side stay in the top flight last season, but is now closing in on the move to West Ham
Konstantinos Mavropanos was not selected for Stuttgart as a move to West Ham edges closer
The former Arsenal man helped Stuttgart stay in the German top flight last season, but Fabrizio Romano has reported that a return to the Premier League is imminent.
He posted on Twitter: ‘Kostantinos Mavropanos, not called up for Stuttgart game as he’s on the verge of joining West Ham.
‘Deal at final stages after talks advancing last two days. He’s priority target after Maguire deal collapsed.’
The Greek target will be growing in excitement to join the London side following their impressive 3-1 victory over Chelsea, despite the Blues big spending.
It was new boss Mauricio Pochettino’s first loss of the season, after their opening game saw a 1-1 draw with Liverpool.
The Blues have spent an eye-watering amount on squad reinforcements since January, including £88million on Mykhailo Mudryk – a Ukrainian winger who has made seven Premier League appearances and no goals.
West Ham will be looking to add more reinforcements, beyond James Ward-Prowse and Edson Alvarez after they struggled last season with a 14th place finish.
West Ham’s transfer activity is hanging in the balance as much of it depends on Lucas Paqueta’s future, as it was reported that he is the subject of an FA investigation for potentially breaching betting rules to Mail Sport.