By Nick Ware

6th Oct, 2021 | 11:44am

West Ham in Premier League race to sign Athletic Bilbao defender Daniel Vivian

West Ham are among a trio of Premier League clubs who are scouting Athletic Bilbao defender Dani Vivian, according to Fichajes.

The Spanish news outlet claim the Irons, alongside Arsenal and Wolves, are “compiling statistical reports” on the Spanish centre-back.

Vivian, 22, has a contract with the La Liga side outfit until 2023, but he has a “very attractive” release clause of £34million inserted into the deal.

Another centre-back?

Vivian has only emerged onto the La Liga scene this season, making his debut in the competition and playing seven times to help Bilbao to seventh in the league going into the October international break.

The 2016 signing from Santutxu spent the 2020/21 campaign on loan at Segunda Division side Mirandes, and it looks like his performances there were enough to convince Bilbao manager Marcelino to make him first-choice this season.

The Spaniard’s decision appears to have paid off, with only Sevilla [three] conceding fewer goals than their tally of four in eight La Liga games.

West Ham’s apparent pursuit of Vivian raises some questions, however.

David Moyes sanctioned a big-money move for a centre-back in the summer as Kurt Zouma swapped West London for East London, joining from Chelsea.

He looks to have established himself as first-choice in the Irons pecking order alongside Angelo Ogbonna, while Craig Dawson and Issa Diop battle for minutes behind the duo.

West Ham have real strength in depth in this position, whereas they lack cover in other key positions, such as at centre-forward and central midfield.

One might suggest that West Ham focus on recruiting in these areas before splurging on another central defender, though the ages of Ogbonna [33]and Dawson [31] may cause concern for the Irons hierarchy.

In other West Ham news, Simon Jordan has taken a swipe at GSB detractors in a money claim on this Irons ace.

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