Hammers interested in giant defender

  • by Staff Writer
  • Tuesday, 12th June 2018

West Ham have enquired into the availability of Bristol City's imposing defender Aden Flint.

The giant 28-year-old centre half - who stand 6'6" tall - is something of a late developer who only become a full time pro at the age of 21, having spent his developmental years at Alfreton Town and Matlock Town.

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However having been quoted a price of £9million for Flint by City, West Ham are likely to turn their immediate attention elsewhere.

Considered to be one of the best central defenders outside in the Football League, Flint made his pro debut for Swindon who he joined in 2011. Two years later he was on his way to Bristol City, where he has spent the last five seasons, in a £300,000 deal.

Premier League newcomers Fulham are also hot on the trail of the Derbyshire-born defender, who has twice won City's Player of the Year award during his spell at Ashton Gate.

* In other transfer news, the Hammers are keeping tabs on a number of goalkeepers with view to replacing Joe Hart as competition for current number one, Adrian.

Whilst Lukasz Fabianski appears to be the most likely to join West Ham, Swansea are holding out for £7million for the 33-year-old Pole, having rejected West Ham's opening bid (thought to be in the region of £4million).

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And that has led West Ham to make enquiries elsewhere, including Burnley where Nick Pope - currently on World Cup duty with England - and Tom Heaton are fighting each other for the number one spot.

The Hammers are also rumoured to be taking a look at Sporting's Rui Patricio, who was close to joining Wolverhampton Wanderers last week before negotiations stalled.

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