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.

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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

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