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West Ham showing ‘concrete interest’ in Wolves defender Max Kilman

West Ham United are keen to add quality and depth to their backline this summer and have turned their attention to Wolverhampton Wanderers defender Max Kilman.

According to Fabrizio Romano, the Hammers are showing ‘concrete interest’ in the 27-year-old and have initiated contact to sign the defender.

The Wolves captain is seen as the ideal option to bolster the defence, having previously played under Julen Lopetegui.

The Spanish manager is eager to reunite with the English centre-back this summer, and West Ham are pushing to complete a deal.

Lopetegui rates Kilman highly, but it would be challenging to lure him away from the Midlands, considering he is also a key player for Wolves and their captain.

However, an offer of around £45 million could be enough to tempt Wolves to sell.

West Ham are in dire need of defensive reinforcement

Reinforcing the backline is a priority for Lopetegui and technical director Tim Steidten and Kilman’s Premier League experience makes him a dream target.

Angelo Ogbonna left the club after his contract expired, while Kurt Zouma and Nayef Aguerd face uncertain futures at the London Stadium.

West Ham need to move both players on this summer, but they can’t afford to sanction such a clear-out without landing potential replacements first.

Several players have been linked with a move to West Ham in recent weeks, but Kilman would be a major coup if they can pull off a deal.

The Englishman was a mainstay in Wolves’ defence last season, featuring in all 38 Premier League games.

Kilman would be a superb signing for West Ham, but they must pay a significant sum to complete the deal.

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