West Ham United Secure Konstantinos Mavropanos Signing

August 23, 2023 1:14 pm

West Ham United has finalized the acquisition of centre-back Konstantinos Mavropanos from Bundesliga side Stuttgart. The 25-year-old Greek defender has committed to a five-year contract until June 2028 and joins the Hammers for an undisclosed fee, believed to be an initial £17 million with £2 million in add-ons.

Mavropanos, affectionately known as ‘Dinos’ by friends, family, and teammates, marks David Moyes’s third signing of the summer transfer window, following the arrivals of midfielders Edson Alvarez and James Ward-Prowse. Both Alvarez and Ward-Prowse made their debuts in West Ham’s recent 3-1 Premier League victory over Chelsea. Follow your favourite Premier League team with attractive football betting odds from Nextbet. 

Standing at an imposing 6 feet 4 inches, Mavropanos bids farewell to Stuttgart after three years with the German club, including the initial two years on loan from North London’s Arsenal. During his time at Arsenal between 2018 and 2020, he made just eight senior appearances.

Expressing his enthusiasm about the move, Mavropanos stated, “I am really happy and excited to be here – and to be back in the Premier League with West Ham United. It’s an exciting time to be joining the club after last season’s Conference League win – and I am really looking forward to the next step in my career. I can promise the fans I will give everything for them and the shirt.”

Mavropanos’s arrival adds depth to West Ham’s central defensive options, competing with Kurt Zouma, Nayef Aguerd, Thilo Kehrer, and Angelo Ogbonna. David Moyes expressed his satisfaction with the signing, acknowledging the need to strengthen the squad as the Hammers prepare for both domestic and Europa League campaigns.

“I’m pleased to welcome Konstantinos to West Ham United,” said Moyes. “We’ve been looking to add to our centre-half options this summer, so it’s good we’ve been able to bring in an international defender of his ability. We’re really looking forward to integrating him into the group.”

West Ham intensified their pursuit of Mavropanos earlier this month following the collapse of a move for Manchester United’s Harry Maguire, despite agreeing to a fee exceeding £30 million with the Red Devils.

Mavropanos, with 19 caps for Greece, developed into a regular starter for Stuttgart during his three-year stint in Germany, amassing a total of 89 appearances across various competitions, including 26 Bundesliga starts last season. Impressively, he also contributed eight goals during his time at Stuttgart.

There’s a possibility that Mavropanos could make his West Ham debut when the team travels to face Brighton & Hove Albion in the Premier League on Saturday.

As the summer transfer window nears its September 1 closure, West Ham’s focus is expected to shift towards securing an attacking-minded player. Ajax’s Mohammed Kudus is believed to be among the top targets for the Hammers as they aim to bolster their squad further. Get the latest updates from the Premier League only on Nextbet Sports