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Alaves defender Guillermo Maripan interesting West Ham, Roma

Alaves' Chile international defender Guillermo Maripan is interesting West Ham.

The Daily Mail says West Ham are showing interest in Maripan but face competition from Roma.

The 6ft 4ins defender, who plays for Alaves in Spain's La Liga, is well liked by Hammers boss Manuel Pellegrini and was targeted by his compatriot in January.

Roma, however, have held talks in recent weeks with Alaves and have moved into pole position.

Maripan has 13 international caps and is a ball-playing centre back who has been likened in style to Barcelona's Gerard Pique.

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