West Ham have been handed a boost in their pursuit of Deportivo Alaves defender Guillermo Maripan, after the 25-year-old revealed his desire to play in the Premier League.
The centre-back has enjoyed a standout campaign for Alaves in La Liga this season, attracting interest from the Hammers as well as La Liga giants Barcelona.
And according to Sport Witness via Goal, Maripan revealed that although he is currently happy in Spain, he has always wanted to play in the Premier League.
Since I was little, I always liked the Premier League. It’s a great challenge on a personal level. It’s my second season in Europe, I feel very good in Spain, but I would like to go to the Premier League.
I will decide in the future after the Copa America. Now I’m just thinking about the Copa America.
Maripan, who has been named in Chile’s squad for this summer’s Copa America, has a reported release clause of €25million in his current deal with Alaves.
Maripan's career so far
Club Deportivo Universidad Catolica
The defender came through the ranks at Chilean Premier Division side Club Deportivo Universidad Catolica, helping them win the league in his final season at the club.
Maripan signed for Alaves for a fee in the region of €1million in 2017, and has since made 47 appearances for the La Liga side.
Maripan has made 13 appearances for Chile after making his debut in a friendly against Croatia in 2017. The defender could be set to make his first competitive appearance for his country in the Copa America this summer, with all of his caps so far coming in friendlies.
What would he bring to West Ham?
Height, physicality and ability on the ball. At 6ft 4 in, the Chilean would clearly add height and strength to the Hammers’ back line, but he is also very well suited to having the ball at his feet and playing out from the back.