Greek international center-back Konstantinos Mavropanos has ended his four-year spell away from the top flight of English football after completing his move back to London with West Ham United.
Per football insider Fabrizio Romano, Mavropanos joins David Moyes’ Hammers in a deal that sees the capital side shell out €20m plus €5m in add-ons to Stuttgart, giving the club additional trusted depth in the heart of the back four at London Stadium.
The 25-year-old spent four years across the capital with Arsenal, two of which involved loan spells with 1.FC Nürnberg and VfB Stuttgart before ultimately departing the Emirates on a full deal last summer, where he featured prominently for Die Schwaben while helping them avoid the drop to 2.Bundesliga by scoring a goal in their relegation playoff tie with Hamburger SV.
At the time of writing with a little over a week left in the transfer window, West Ham has finally begun to see movement in the market after the protracted saga that saw club captain Declan Rice move to Arsenal after helping the club to a Europa Conference League win, with Moyes’ side being reinforced with deals for Edson Álvarez and James Ward-Prowse, both of whom featured in their 3-1 win over Chelsea on Sunday, with JWP bagging a brace of assists on his full debut.
Mavropanos becomes the fifth center-back in the senior side as things stand, but with Angelo Obgonna aging (35), and German international Thilo Kehrer proving inconsistent, investment in that area of the park was deemed suitable. It comes at the right time as well, after Moroccan international Nayef Aguerd was sent off after being booked twice against the Blues, which should see Mavropanos make his debut at the weekend against Brighton.