Hammers launch defender bid

  • by Staff Writer
  • Friday, 21st June 2024

West Ham United have tabled an opening bid for Wolves defender Max Kilman, according to reports.

The 27-year-old, Chelsea-born central defender is one of new Head Coach Julen Lopetegui's key summer transfer targets and, KUMB understands, is keen to renew his association with his former boss.

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And while United's opening bid of £25million is almost certain to be rejected - with Wanderers having already knocked back a £30million offer from a Serie A club - the Hammers are likely to return with an improved offer in the coming days as the club seek to add to Brazilian teenager Luis Guilherme as their only summer signing so far.

Kilman, who began his career in Fulham's Academy is a British national with Ukrainian parents. He made his senior debut for Welling United in 2014 before moving on to Maidenhead, where he spent three seasons before being snapped up by Wolves in 2018.

A former England futsal international, Kilman has made more than 130 appearances for Wolves since moving to Molineux and worked under Lopetegui during his brief stint in the West Midlands.

And the Spanish coach is keen to bring the defender to east London as he attempts to overhaul his central defence, following the loss of Thilo Kehrer and departure of Angelo Ogbonna.

Rated by his club at £45million, the Hammers will almost certainly have to exceed the club's record fee for a defender in order to secure Kilman's services. That record currently stands at £30million, the fee paid to Rennes for Moroccan international Nayef Aguerd two years ago this month.

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