Date: 12th June 2019 at 5:18pm
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West Ham United are thought to be interested in signing Ozan Kabak this summer, according to a report by The Guardian.

It is claimed the Hammers will face stiff competition for his signature should we look to acquire him from Stuttgart, especially considering that he is thought to be available for a bargain fee of €15million (£13.3m) because of a release clause in his contract.

We might already have the likes of Issa Diop and Fabian Balbuena holding down the fort, however, Kabak certainly looks like a defender destined for the top – something that the Bundesliga appears to have recognised as well.

Having played only 15 top-flight matches for Stuttgart, he was named the league’s ‘Rookie of the Season’ for his performances in a season which saw them relegated after losing their relegation/promotion play-off to Union Berlin.

Kabak would seem to be the perfect player to team-up with Diop in the centre of our defence for years to come, and stats provided by WhoScored would go along way in helping to make that point. The Turkey Under-18 international managed to average 2.5 tackles and 1.8 interceptions in his 34 matches across all competitions last season.

Diop had similar statistics, with WhoScored stating he had an average of 2.1 tackles per game and 1.9 interceptions in his 38 appearances across all competitions.

And, it would seem we are not the only ones excited about the possibility of having Kabak at the London Stadium in the future, with plenty of West Ham fans taking to Twitter to share positive opinions about a possible switch.

An Arsenal fan even felt the same as us in saying that a partnership with Diop would be ‘insane’, whilst another believed it would be a ‘brilliant’ signing for the club to make. Here are some of their reactions…