Guillermo Maripán came up through the ranks of Chilean club Universidad Católica’s academy and spent five years with their first team before making a switch to Europe in 2017.

The centre-back joined Alaves in July 2017 and after making 19 appearances in the league in his debut season, the defender has gone on to impress this term, managing 21 starts in the La Liga.

It was reported by the Daily Mail in England that West Ham United are showing interest in the 24-year-old, but the Hammers will face tough competition from AS Roma.

The Serie A outfit were reported to be in  pole position to secure his services after holding talks with the Spanish side.

Chilean radio station Radio Agricultura reached out to Alaves sporting director Sergio Fernandez and asked about the recent reports linking Maripán with a move away from the club.

He said: “Unfortunately I have to tell you that there is no supposed interest in Guillermo.”

It’s made clear that he’s denied having any contact from West Ham over a transfer.

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There were also talks about interest from Russia side Rubin Kazan.

Regarding these rumours, Fernandez explained: “I am not aware of any proposal on their part.”