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Atletico Madrid fall behind West Ham United in race for Polish centre-back

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The first thought that springs to mind when one talks about Diego Simeone’s Atletico Madrid is the strong and resilient defence. The team have carved a special reputation of being solid at the back over the years but the trend has changed in recent seasons.

According to reports from Mundo Deportivo, Los Rojiblancos are actively on the lookout for new signings in defense and have identified Spezia’s Jakub Kiwior as a possibility. However, they are not the only club eyeing the Polish International and are far behind in the race.

The Serie A side have set a price tag of €20 million on their player, a fee deemed too high by the Spanish offices. However, West Ham are prepared to shell out €15 million for his signing and are currently in pole position to sign the 22-year-old.

While it is not known how much Simeone’s side are prepared to table for Kiwior, the operation primarily will depend on the departures from Civitas Metropolitano in January.

If the club manage to oversee a sufficient efflux, they will try and sign him in the winter transfer window. However, in the alternative situation, they will push for him in the summer nevertheless.

The centre-back has made 15 starts for Spezia in the Serie A so far this season, averaging close to ten defensive actions per game. In that duration, the club have conceded 26 goals, a figure that approaches over 1.5 goals per game.

At just 22-years-of age, he would be a long-term solution to Diego Simeone’s plans and an ideal investment given his talent. However, the question remains if he can fit into the Argentine coach’s system.

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Official: Atletico Madrid squad list to face Getafe

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Atletico Madrid will be aiming to close the gap to third-placed Real Sociedad in the La Liga standings when they lock horns with Getafe on Saturday evening.

After a harrowing defeat to Real Madrid in the Copa del Rey quarter-finals, Los Rojiblancos returned to winning ways, securing a 1-0 victory over CA Osasuna last weekend.

And Diego Simeone & co. will be aiming to build on that result and cut down the gap to third-placed Sociedad, who are five points clear at this point.

Ahead of the game against Getafe, Simeone has released the Atletico Madrid squad list.

And deadline day signing Matt Doherty makes the cut. The Irish right-back joined from Tottenham Hotspur and could make his debut for the Colchoneros on Saturday evening against the Azulones.

Meanwhile, Stefan Savic is back in the squad after serving out his two-match ban for his sending-off in the game against Barcelona. Another boost for Atletico Madrid sees Marcos Llorente make a comeback after recovering from his injury.

Antoine Griezmann, Alvaro Morata, Angel Correa and January signing Memphis Depay make up the attacking options for Atletico Madrid, along with Yannick Carrasco.

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