Hammers sign Wolves defender Kilman

West Ham United have signed central defender Maximilian Kilman from their Premier League rivals Wolverhampton Wanderers.

Max Kilman (right) in action for Wolverhampton Wanderers against Edson Alvarez of West Ham United (Rob Newell CameraSport)

The 27-year-old moves from the West Midlands to east London for a fee believed to be in the region of £40m after penning a seven-year deal with the Hammers.

Kilman links up with Julen Lopetegui for a second time. The new West Ham chief had named him captain during the latter’s short time at Molineux.

London-born, Kilman started his career with national Lague Maidenhead United before moving to Wolves in 2018. He joins West Ham with a growing reputation after making 151 appearances for teh Molineux club.

Speaking to www.whufc.com, Kilman said: “It’s an amazing feeling to be a West Ham United player.

“As soon as I was aware of the interest from the Club, it was an opportunity I was keen to pursue, so I couldn’t be more delighted to be here.

“I really enjoyed working with Julen during his time at Wolves – he’s a top-class coach and someone I learned a lot from, and I am confident I will continue to improve as a player under his management here.”

Kilman continued: “West Ham is a massive Club and I feel this is the natural next step forward in my career.

“Playing in front of a passionate fan base, with 62,500 supporters packing out London Stadium every other week, is something I am incredibly excited about.

“Having spoken at length to both Julen and Tim [Steidten], I was hugely encouraged about the ambition of the Club and their plans for the future. They want to make a big noise here at West Ham and as a new player coming in, that’s an incredible thing to hear.

“I’m looking forward to getting down to work and preparing for an exciting season ahead.” 

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Brian Jeeves

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