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West Ham Eyes Free Agent Juan Miranda to Strengthen Defense

In a strategic move to enhance their defensive lineup, West Ham United is actively pursuing Juan Miranda, a free agent and seasoned Spanish left-back, formerly of Real Betis.

West Ham United’s interest in fortifying their back line has led them to Juan Miranda, a promising talent in European football. As reported by HITC, West Ham scouts were present to observe Miranda’s performance in a recent match against Celta Vigo for Real Betis. The 24-year-old defender, who has been on the club’s watchlist since January, is touted as the prospective successor to Aaron Cresswell.

Miranda’s appeal as a transfer target is heightened by his status as a free agent this summer. His experience and youth make him an attractive prospect for West Ham, which faces competition from Crystal Palace, Wolverhampton Wanderers, and Brentford, who are also showing keen interest.

Having developed his skills at Barcelona’s esteemed La Masia academy, Miranda made his senior team debut with Barcelona in 2018. His career has included impactful loan periods at Schalke and Real Betis, with a permanent move to Betis materializing in 2021.

The urgency to secure a replacement for Cresswell has escalated following his performance challenges, most notably against Bayer Leverkusen. While Cresswell’s contract is set to expire, transitioning him into a player-coach role has been discussed, yet the need for a new starting left-back is evident.

With Miranda available without a transfer fee and Cresswell’s tenure possibly concluding, West Ham is keen to finalize a deal for Miranda. His blend of experience and potential is seen as a vital enhancement to West Ham’s squad aspirations.

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