Luis Advincula admits speculation surrounding West Ham transfer is 'nice'

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Peru defender Luis Advincula has admitted that it is 'nice' to be linked with a move to West Ham.

Hoffenheim full back Luis Advincula has told El Comercio in Peru that it's 'nice' to have been linked with a move to West Ham this summer.

Advincula, 25, is currently on international duty with Peru, and has been one of the breakout stars of the Copa America tournament, starring in a Peru side which reached the semi-finals before defeat to Chile.

The right back spent last season on loan at Vitoria Setubal in Portugal, but has now returned to parent club Hoffenheim for pre-season - but speculation now surrounds his future.

According to Peruvian newspaper Libero, Advincula is close to signing a deal to join West Ham this summer, with the Hammers impressed by his performances at Copa America.

Now, El Comercio have asked Advincula how he feels about a proposed move to Upton Park - and he admitted that he is happy with the speculation, but isn't focusing on the reports right now.

"It's nice because you feel your work is being recognised, but at the same time, I am calm," said Advincula, who helped Peru clinch third place in Copa America on Friday, having beaten Paraguay 2-0.

What would Advincula bring to West Ham?

Advincula is a pacey, attack minded right back who needs to settle down having been farmed out on loan three times since joining Hoffenheim in 2013.

The Peruvian possesses immense stamina and effort, working relentlessly down the right hand side right until the very end, which would certainly be welcome at West Ham.

With West Ham yet to re-sign Arsenal's Carl Jenkinson and having released Guy Demel this summer, Advincula would give some depth for manager Slaven Bilic, who needs to bring at least one right back this summer, if not two.

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