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26th Jun, 2018 | 8:59am

West Ham join pursuit for colossus international defender - report

West Ham are in the hunt for defender Ahmed Hegazi following West Brom’s relegation from the Premier League, according to a report.

ESPN claims that the Hammers and Wolves are chasing the 6ft 3in (source: Transfermarkt) colossus, who impressed during his first season in English football last year despite suffering relegation.

It is understood that the Egypt international has a releases clause in the region of £10million and interested teams could be ready to trigger that.

The report details that the 27-year-old is on the wanted list of West Ham manager Manuel Pellegrini, as he prepares to reshuffle his backline at the London Stadium.

Football Insider verdict:

Hegazi may reportedly be available at just £10million and that seems like a brilliant deal for any team in the top flight. The powerhouse centre-back proved he can be a real force in the Premier League with West Brom and definitely deserves another chance elsewhere in the 2018/19 campaign. He is a mainstay in Egypt’s national side and it is believed he is on Pellegrini’s transfer radar. West Ham had a dreadful defensive record last campaign and it would be no surprise to see to see a brand new backline going into next year. Centre-back Issa Diop has already completed his switch to London this summer and it looks like Pellegrini is not done there. Hegazi is certainly far too good to be competing in the Championship next year and it seems like a move back to the Premier League makes sense, while West Ham should feel confident of edging out rivals Wolves.

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In other West Ham transfer news, they are lining up a move for a Manchester United defender.

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