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West Ham Bolsters Defense with Signing of Stuttgart’s Mavropanos

West Ham has secured the services of Greek defender Konstantinos Mavropanos from Stuttgart in a deal reportedly valued at £17 million ($21 million), as confirmed on Tuesday.

Mavropanos is making a return to the Premier League, having previously made seven appearances in the top flight during a three-year stint with Arsenal. The 25-year-old spent two seasons on loan in the Bundesliga with Stuttgart before making the move permanent last year.

Expressing his enthusiasm for the new chapter in his career, Mavropanos said, “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, who has earned 19 caps for the Greek national team, will face competition from the likes of Kurt Zouma, Nayef Aguerd, Angelo Ogbonna, and Thilo Kehrer for a place in West Ham’s defense. His signing comes after a potential move for Manchester United center-back Harry Maguire fell through.

Mavropanos becomes the third significant addition to the London Stadium squad since the conclusion of the last season, following the arrivals of Edson Alvarez and James Ward-Prowse. There were initial concerns last week about Mavropanos’ transfer due to a medical issue, but those concerns have been resolved, and he has now successfully completed his move to West Ham.

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