Could Alvaro Odriozola be West Ham's perfect successor to Pablo Zabaleta?

Alvaro Odriozola of Spain reacts after scoring his sides first goal during the International Friendly match between Spain and Switzerland at Estadio de La Ceramica on June 3, 2018 in...

West Ham United need a long-term replacement for Pablo Zabaleta, and Real Sociedad's Alvaro Odriozola could be a perfect fit.

Spain's defender Alvaro Odriozola (C) and Spain's forward Diego Costa (R) attend a training session in Krasnodar Academy on June 12, 2018, ahead of the Russia 2018 World Cup football...

Spain kick off their World Cup campaign on Friday with a clash against Portugal, and despite the sacking of manager Julen Lopetegui, the 2010 winners are still expected to go far.

La Roja are currently without their first choice right-back Dani Carvajal, and Real Sociedad's Alvaro Odriozola could take the place of the injured Real Madrid star for the game on Friday and the other group games against Morocco and Iran.

The 22-year-old defender, who is also capable of playing further forward, is reportedly on the radars of Barcelona and Real Madrid, but with his playing chances bound to be limited at both teams, a move elsewhere could interest him, and West Ham United should swoop.

Real Sociedad's Spanish defender Alvaro Odriozola (L) vies with Real Madrid's Spanish midfielder Isco during the Spanish league football match between Real Madrid CF and Real Sociedad at...

The London Stadium outfit currently have 33-year-old Pablo Zabaleta as their first-choice right-back, but with age catching up on the Argentine, a long-term replacement is needed, and Odriozola could be their man.

The Sociedad academy graduate registered four La Liga assists in 35 games last term, and did put his attacking prowess on display last Sunday by grabbing Spain's opener against Switzerland.

Alvaro Odriozola of Spain competes for the ball with Ricardo Rodriguez (R) of Switzerland during the International Friendly match between Spain and Switzerland at Estadio de La Ceramica on...

Odriozola brings pace and all-round excellent technical abilities to the table, and the fact that he beat both Barcelona's Sergi Roberto and Arsenal's Hector Bellerin to a spot in Spain's World Cup squad says a lot about his top quality, talents and potential.

West Ham need such a right-back in their squad going forward, and with £18million reportedly going to be enough to land the defender, manager Manuel Pellegrini shouldn't hesitate to keep an eye on Odriozola in Russia and prepare a summer bid.

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