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West Ham transfer news: Max Kilman bid submitted to Wolves as Julen Lopetegui seeks reunion with defender

The bid for Max Kilman, who has emerged as West Ham's primary centre-back target, is expected to be rejected; Wolves in a strong position after Kilman signed a new deal last summer and would want upwards of £40m; Kilman was signed from Maidenhead for £40,000 in 2018

File photo dated 02-08-2023 of Wolves captain Max Kilman, who felt his team deserved something from Monday night's game at Fulham, admitting the controversial 3-2 defeat was "tough to take". Issue date: Tuesday November 28, 2023.
Image: Max Kilman is West Ham's primary target this summer

West Ham have made a bid worth £25m for Wolves captain Max Kilman.

The bid for Kilman, who has emerged as West Ham's primary centre-back target, is expected to be rejected.

He was a regular under West Ham manager Julen Lopetegui when he was in charge at Wolves.

Julen Lopetegui is set to replace David Moyes as West Ham manager in the summer
Image: Julen Lopetegui is the new West Ham manager - and he worked with Kilman at Wolves

Wolves do not want to sell and are under no pressure to do so after Kilman signed a five-year contract last summer.

Sky Sports News understands Wolves value Kilman upwards of £40m.

They rejected an offer of €35m (£29.6m) from Napoli last summer. Since then, he has been made captain.

Wolves bought Kilman from Maidenhead in 2018 for a fee in the region of £40,000.

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Maidenhead have a significant sell-on clause - thought to be between 15 and 20 per cent.

West Ham's PL fixtures for 24/25 season

New West Ham head coach Julen Lopetegui's return to Premier League football starts at the London Stadium against Aston Villa, live on Sky Sports, on the opening weekend of the 2024/25 season.

The Spaniard will face his former side Wolves at home on December 7 before returning to Molineux on April 1.

West Ham, who finished in 9th in 2023/24, finish their campaign at Ipswich Town on the final day, having played their last home game against Nottingham Forest on the penultimate weekend of the season.

The Hammers' festive fixtures see them hosting Brighton on December 21 and Liverpool on December 29 with a trip to Southampton sandwiched in between on Boxing Day.

When does the summer transfer window open and close?

The 2024 summer transfer window in the Premier League and Scottish Premiership is officially open.

The window will close on August 30 at 11pm UK time in England and at 11.30pm in Scotland.

The Premier League and Scottish Premiership brought forward Deadline Day to link up with the other major leagues in Europe. The closing dates were set following discussions with the leagues in England, Germany, Italy, Spain and France.

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