By Matt Bullin
West Ham have offered Manchester City defender Pablo Zabaleta a £100,000-a-week two-year deal, according to a report.
The Sun reports the offer that has been tabled is an attempt to woo the Argentine, whose contract runs out this summer.
It would be worth a total of £10.4million over the next two years for the vastly experienced defender.
This comes after Ian Abrahams claimed earlier this week that the right-back was on his way to the London Stadium.
There have reportedly been no fresh talks between the 32-year-old and his current club about a contract renewal.
Zabaleta has been with Man City since 2008 and has made more than 300 appearances for the club.
He hinted that his time at the Etihad could be over when he said: “You have to accept it, especially for this club which is so demanding in terms of trying to win trophies. I didn’t expect to be here so long.”
Pep Guardiola is planning a summer overhaul of his defence according to the Sun, with Bacary Sagna and Gael Clichy set to leave along with Zabaleta.
The 58-time Argentina international has made 30 appearances in all competitions this term, scoring two goals and supplying two assists.
Football Insider verdict
Slaven Bilic is clearly very keen on the experienced defender, and he would fill a problem area at right-back for his side. £100,000-a-week sounds a lot, but when you take into account there would be no transfer fee for him, it becomes much more appealing. Zabaleta is 32, and by offering him those terms and a two-year deal, the Hammers are effectively giving him the chance to finish his career at the club. Zabaleta, a two-time Premier League winner, can bring plenty of class to a team that has lacked quality this campaign.
In other West Ham news, Bilic is eyeing a summer swoop for this Champions League goal machine.