West Ham, Liverpool, Tottenham, Fulham Battle For Real Sociedad Defender

Diego Llorente

West Ham is one of the clubs vying for Real Sociedad defender Diego Llorente, according to reports in the Spanish media.

According to Mundo Deportivo, the Hammers, alongside Liverpool, Tottenham Hotspur and Fulham, are interested in the Real Sociedad centre-back.

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Sevilla and Bundesliga clubs are also in the hunt for the twice-capped Spain international who has a release clause of €50m.

The central defender has been in fine form this season with 17 tackles, 17 interceptions, 24 blocks and a staggering 67 clearances in 16 league games.

With 48 aerial duels won and 751 passes completed, Llorente has demonstrated his ability to be both a ball-playing centre-back and an aerial powerhouse.

Diego Llorente

The 25-year-old could return to Real Madrid for €25m due to a buy-back clause but other clubs might need to meet his release clause to convince Real Sociedad to sell.

West Ham could be in the hunt for a new centre-back this summer to address the leaky defence, which has been evident with five goals conceded in the last two matches against lesser teams.

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Winston Reid has been out all season with an injury and Reece Oxford's situation is unclear, which could pave the way for Llorente to join.

This article was most recently revised and updated 4 years ago

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