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12th Jun, 2018 | 2:54pm

West Ham must hijack reported defender interest at London rivals, would be Pellegrini mainstay


West Ham manager Manuel Pellegrini certainly has to fix his defence ahead of the 2018/19 campaign if they are to be pushing for the European spots and that is why they should be eyeing a new centre-back signing.

The Hammers shipped a colossal 68 league goals in the recent season and need a fresh addition, despite there being positive signs from rising star Declan Rice and ever-present Angelo Ogbonna.

One man that should crop up on the transfer radar is defender Calum Chambers, who is currently on the books at London rivals Arsneal.

Sky Sports claims that recently promoted Fulham are interested in signing the 23-year-old this summer after eyeing a swoop last summer.

It is understood that new Gunners boss Unai Emery is yet to decide if Chambers features in his first-team plans, but they are planning to reshape their squad.

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Chambers played just 24 senior appearances during the 2017/18 season and a move to the London Stadium could reignite his career and be the making of him.

The ball-playing centre-back is yet to really reach his full potential in an Arsenal shirt, but at his age still has his best year ahead of him.

He has represented England’s senior side three times in the past and can burst back into the international scene if he succeeds with the Hammers.

Chambers could certainly become a regular in the West Ham starting XI if he hits the ground running and nudging Fulham aside to sign him would make sense.

In other West Ham transfer news, Rangers are plotting a bid to sign an enforcer exiting the London Stadium this summer.

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