West Ham United have shown interest in signing Deportivo Alaves defender Guilermo Maripan, according to a report published by The Daily Mail.
The report added that the Chile international is well liked by current Hammers boss Manuel Pellegrini and that the club tried to sign him during the January transfer window.
It also highlighted that Serie A giants Roma, who are currently being managed by former Fulham and Leicester City boss Claudio Ranieri, lead the race ahead of West Ham to sign the player.
The 24-year-old Maripan has been impressive in the La Liga this season and has so far played in 22 League games for his side, scoring two goals and picking up two assists.
He has even drawn comparisons to Barcelona star Gerard Pique as a result of his performances.
West Ham, who currently occupy ninth position on the Premier League standings, have so far endured a season of mixed fortunes.
If Pellegrini is to transform the club into one that can achieve a strong finish on the top half of the standings, he will have to strengthen his side next summer, particularly in defence.
Maripan has the ingredients required to succeed in the Premier League and would be a good signing for West Ham. The club should attempt to sign him this summer. However, they could find it difficult to swoop if Roma are interested.
Roma could be a preferred choice for the player as joining them could allow him to play for a club that could challenge for the Serie A title as well as experience European football.