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Alan 3:07 Wed Aug 17
Thilo Kehrer signed

West Ham United sign Germany international Thilo Kehrer

West Ham United is delighted to announce the signing of Germany international defender Thilo Kehrer.

The versatile 25-year-old arrives from French champions Paris Saint-Germain on a four-year contract with a two-year option, with West Ham having beaten off stiff competition from other leading European clubs to bring him to London Stadium.

A three-time Ligue 1 winner, UEFA Champions League finalist and a regular starter during Germany’s 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifying campaign, Kehrer is a proven winner who will add international and European experience to David Moyes’ squad.

“I’m very excited to sign for West Ham United,” said Kehrer, who will wear the No24 shirt. “This is the best league in the world and I’m excited about coming to play in the Premier League.

“I talked to the manager and he told me about how he sees me fitting in at the club. My biggest goal now is to get into the team, integrate myself within the group and enjoy playing for West Ham.”

Kehrer becomes the Hammers’ sixth summer signing following Morocco centre-back Nayef Aguerd, France goalkeeper Alphonse Areola, Italy centre-forward Gianluca Scamacca, Ivory Coast winger Maxwel Cornet and midfielder Flynn Downes.

No player has made more appearances or played more minutes under Germany manager Hansi Flick since he took charge of the national team in May last year.

Manager Moyes said the German fits the mould of the type of player he sees as the future of West Ham United – young, talented, driven and with the peak years of his career ahead of him.

“I am really pleased to welcome Thilo to West Ham United,” said Moyes. “He’s a talented player, who can play in a number of defensive positions, adding strength and depth to our current options.”

Born in the city of Tübingen in south west Germany to a German father and Burundian mother, Kehrer played for local clubs TSG Tübingen and SSV Reutlingen before joining Bundesliga club VfB Stuttgart at the age of 14. Two years later, he moved north to Schalke 04, where he captained the club to the German U19 Championship in 2015.

Predominantly a centre-back, Kehrer is also comfortable in either full-back position and even played regularly as a deep-lying midfielder as a youngster, making his Bundesliga debut for Schalke in that position as a 19-year-old substitute against Wolfsburg in February 2016.

At 20, the defender established himself in Schalke’s first team in 2016/17, scored his first Bundesliga goal against Borussia Dortmund and appeared eight times as the club reached the UEFA Europa League quarter-finals, then won the UEFA European U21 Championship with Germany in the summer of 2017.

After making 33 appearances for Schalke and catching the eye of some of Europe’s biggest clubs in 2017/18, Kehrer joined Paris Saint-Germain for a £33m fee in August 2018, then made his senior Germany debut in a friendly international with Peru the following month.

Since moving to the French capital, Kehrer has made 128 appearances across four seasons, won three Ligue 1 titles and started PSG’s 2020 and 2021 French Cup final victories and 2020 UEFA Champions League final defeat by Bayern Munich.

For Germany, the defender has been a regular starter over the last 12 months, helping his country qualify for the World Cup finals in Qatar and make an unbeaten start to their UEFA Nations League campaign.

West Ham United would like to welcome Thilo to east London and wish him all the best for his career in Claret and Blue.

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ironsofcanada 6:00 Sun Oct 2
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He gets forward less than Cresswell and even Coufal and does not cross much, I have can't remember seeing him do it when I have seen him play there in the past.

But is smart with his runs and smart with the ball when he gets there.

My only real concern that I mentioned on the match thread, he is quick but quicker wingers seem to surprise him.

Nagel 5:55 Sun Oct 2
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Kehrer didn't get forward as much as Coufal does, and when he did it wasn't to overlap to get in to crossing positions or create space for Bowen. Not saying that's a bad thing. Given the full backs in our squad I'd rather we play defensive ones and allow the wingers to focus on attacking. Also, seemed noticeable to me that Soucek didn't have to worry about covering for Coufal like he normally does.

Wils 5:44 Sun Oct 2
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Great player and as others have said, good at getting forward. But guilty of some wreckless clearances. Not sure why he put the ball back into Adama Traore's path yesterday, was lucky not to concede from that.

twoleftfeet 12:44 Sun Oct 2
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You clearly watched a different game from the one I did because I thought he got forward a lot.

Very good player, you don’t get in the German squad if you are shit.

Banjo 4:13 Sun Oct 2
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Kehrer had a very good game at right back. Obviously told to play defensively as he rarely went past the halfway line, that aside he looks so much better than Coufal in that position.

paulon 1:55 Sun Oct 2
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**Clicks on ‘Show in chronological order’


Texas Iron 9:14 Wed Sep 28
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Crossing needs improvement if at RB…

Sir Alf 6:11 Wed Sep 28
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Yes Exile, I suspect many of us would agree that is the obvious thing to do. :-) Will Moyesiah do the obvious thing? His track record suggests... maybe not :-(

the exile 6:08 Wed Sep 28
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Given that Zouma, Dawson and Ogbonna are all fit, I would have thought it was the obvious thing to do to try Kehrer at RB.

whu 4:27 Wed Sep 28
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good at getting forward and a good positive attitude. defensive jury still firmly out ...

SurfaceAgentX2Zero 10:18 Wed Sep 28
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Guys, guys! Arguments. Strife.

Can we just be positive and concentrate on the multi-million pound pay rise Kwasi has just given him? Out of our pockets.

Eerie Descent 10:13 Wed Sep 28
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Vexed seems to think if you suggest different options to the current badly underperforming players, it means you're off you're head excited.

Strange way of looking at it. Kehrer is a seasoned international with Germany and Champions League performer with PSG at right back, but to suggest he'd be better than Coufal, who wouldn't get in Orient's team at the moment? YOU'RE GETTING TOO EXCITED!

ironsofcanada 3:51 Wed Sep 28
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Vexed 4:40 Tue Sep 27

It is difficult to get too excited about anything as a West Ham supporter but it is hardly one game, if you follow football at all.

He has 55 club games at right back, including in the Bundesliga, Ligue 1, the Europa League and Champions League. He played 90 there in a Champions League Final, which I remember pretty clearly. He has also appeared in 6 games there for Germany not including early games at RWB.

Now you can say you don't care about things beyond West Ham or England (I guess, since you saw him last game, I assume) which is a valid choice but makes your opinion about "just one game" the product of ignorance more than anything else.

Vexed 4:40 Tue Sep 27
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Difficult to get too excited, he was half decent albeit against a hopeless and negative Southgate set up, yet they still managed to concede three. Not sure that's a good look. Better than Coufal? On current form probably. Doesn't do much going forward but he is quick and can defend. It's just one game, not like WHO to get overexcited prematurely!

paulon 4:38 Tue Sep 27
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Described as 'non league. 'dogshit' and a 'panic buy' at the start of this thread


Russ of the BML 2:38 Tue Sep 27
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dealcanvey 12:48 Tue Sep 27

I thought he looked very assured. Comfortable on the ball in both defence and attack. And it didn't surprise me that England got no joy down Germany's right side.

I would be more than happy to play him CB and RB but I do think Moyes will now look at Aguerd and Zouma at CB's and Kerher at RB.

My only small criticism is that I think he is better defensively than offensively but that's not a major issue.

Sir Alf 2:35 Tue Sep 27
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Tremendous pace and movement but allied to great passing / distribution.

Would improve the right back slot and give us the first really decent one since ermmm... Lucas Neil? Ray Stewart? John Bond? John Charles?

Aguerd is supposed to have great pace too. The pair in our back 4 would hopefully prevent some of the breaches of our right side that seem to bedevil us this season. So many goals emanating from that side. Strange really as last season it was all down the left. Then again, Johnson was playing down the right at times. Left too but mostly the right.

Anyway, I just want this Aguerd geezer to get fit asap. The West Ham way will be full fitness by end of the month but only for Morocco followed by further aggravation of the ankle injury, out for the season or career ending as per 3 or 4 CBs have done down the years. We used to think there was a curse on CBs. Then it became forwards ( Ashton ) and of course the team. Tales of the gypsy down Green Street cursing us after some West Ham fan pissed on the bunch of heather she was selling :-)

OccupyGreenStreet 1:31 Tue Sep 27
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Germany played him really high on the right in possession, almost TAA positioning. He’s great on the ball and quick but a lot of space in behind that more attacking set ups than Southgate’s would exploit.

roltrader 1:09 Tue Sep 27
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Far better as a right back than in the centre.

Hammer and Pickle 1:03 Tue Sep 27
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I thought he looked quick and assured on the ball - everything you'd expect in that position for Germany. Not sure whether he wasn't at fault for any of the goals mind you.

dealcanvey 12:48 Tue Sep 27
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Was he any good at right back last night for the Germans?

Worth trying him there for us?

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