Martin Cáceres would be a shrewd signing for West Ham

Martin Caceres of SS Lazio competes for the ball with Bryan Cristante of Atalanta BC during the Serie A match between SS Lazio and Atalanta BC at Stadio Olimpico on May 6, 2018 in Rome,...

West Ham United should attempt to bring the Uruguay ace to east London this summer.

The former coach of Manchester City, Chilean Manuel Pellegrini (L), arrives for the draw of the Copa Sudamericana football tournament, in Santiago, on July 12, 2016.

Despite signing Issa Diop already this summer, Manuel Pellegrini will surely be looking to bring another established centre-back to West Ham before the start of the new Premier League season.

James Collins was released earlier this summer, Winston Reid continues to be unreliable form a fitness perspective and Angelo Ogbonna is on the wrong side of 30.

With this in mind, the Hammers should consider a move for Lazio's Martín Cáceres, following his impressive showings for Uruguay at the World Cup in Russia this summer.

Martin Caceres (R) of Juventus competes with Markus Rosenberg of Malmo FF during the UEFA Champions League Group A match between Juventus and Malmo FF on September 16, 2014 in Turin, Italy.

The 31-year-old veteran plays with his own unique brand of no-nonsense defending, and his aggression and tenacity makes him ideally suited to the Premier League.

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West Ham should disregard the Uruguayan's troublesome spell at Southampton in 2017, as he was not really given ample opportunity to prove his worth, and he would surely be a useful asset to Pellegrini's squad.

Caceres is well versed in the art of defending, and his nouse and know-how would certainly help the Hammers become more solid as a defensive unit.

Martin Caceres (L) of Juventus FC tackles Luis Ferdinando Muriel of Udinese Calcio during the Serie A match between Juventus FC and Udinese Calcio at Juventus Arena on September 13, 2014...

He has 80 international caps for Uruguay to his name, as well as a Champions League winner's medal from his time with Barcelona, and that having that kind of winning experience and mentality around the club would be a major bonus for West Ham.

Caceres is under contract with Lazio for another year, so the Hammers should be able to tempt the Italians into selling, if they do indeed wish to pursue a move for the centre-back.

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