Premier League side West Ham United could soon be able to pursue the Chilean defender Guillermo Maripán more seriously.

That’s because according to the Spanish media today, the player is working to get an European passport, which would make a move to the Premier League easier.

It’s Mundo Deportivo who makes the claims. They say that once Maripán gets his European citizenship, the operation which would take him to West Ham could be ‘revalued’.

This is all they have to say for now. Actually, the information is in the middle of a story about some other player who Alavés are also expecting to get an EU passport.

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A week ago, it was the Chilean media who reported that West Ham were planning to make a bid of $17m (£13.4m) for Maripan. However, Alaves would be demanding €25m, which is the amount of his release clause, to let him go this summer.