Wolverhampton Wanderers’ massive price tag for their star player could force West Ham to look elsewhere this Summer.

To put it bluntly, West Ham’s defence last season was absolutely abysmal. It felt like every game they were at risk at getting thrashed, and on many occasions they did. Even when they were winning games, it wasn’t all that often it felt deserved and most of the time it felt like they were lucky to walk away with all three points.

After conceding a record breaking 74 goals in the Premier League, it’s no wonder as to why bringing in top quality centre-backs is the club’s top priority this Summer.

After seeing a deal for Fabricio Bruno fall through a couple of weeks ago, the Hammers’ attention has seemingly moved closer to home with there being some homegrown targets being considered, including long-term target Max Kilman.

The Wolves captain is under contract until 2028 and is one of, if not, their most important players. He’s been a brilliant leader and a real general at the back, being critical to Gary O’Neil’s successful start to life in the Midlands.

With all that in mind, it’s easy to guess that Wolves will want a massive fee for his signature but, according to talkSPORT, it may be well out of West Ham’s budget. They believe that it will take £45 million to secure the defender’s services – which is more than what they paid for Lucas Paqueta.

Obviously this is trying to price any suitors out of a move, and it’s a tactic that may work. With that being said, it’s well known that Wolves are strapped for cash and, if they are to sign anyone, they will have to sell. This could lead to them lowering their asking price for the 27-year-old, allowing our Irons to pounce.

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