Reports claim West Ham close to €40m arrival as Moyes confirms activity

Date published: Tuesday 28th January 2020 3:06

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West Ham United are close to signing Cagliari midfielder Nahitan Nandez on loan with an obligation to buy, according to reports.

The Hammers have been fairly quiet so far this month, with goalkeeper Darren Randolph returning to the club from Middlesbrough; that move came as fellow goalkeeper Roberto was loaned out to Alaves on loan.

According to Italian source Tuttosport (via Football Italia), David Moyes’ side are close to another arrival with Cagliari considering an enquiry for Nandez.

The outlet reports that the deal would amount to €40m including performance-related bonuses and Cagliari are weighing up accepting the offer, with the club set to receive at least double the €18m they paid for Nandez in the summer.

However, the source says that if the move falls through, Cagliari will attempt to tie the player down to a new contract with a €40m release clause- his current deal expires in 2024.

Uruguay international Nandez has made 23 appearances in all competitions for the Serie A side since a move from Boca Juniors.

The latest report comes as Moyes confirmed activity within West Ham on the transfer front in his latest press conference.

He said: “I can say we have a proper bid in for another player at the moment, whether we get him or not we will see.”

Asked if the bid was for a striker, he replied: “I’d love to say that was right but it is not, there isn’t many out there. It’s not that.”

Elsewhere, Moyes confirmed Tomas Soucek is close to completing his move to the London Stadium from Slavia Prague.



Asked about the qualities the midfielder will bring to the side, the manager said: “I think he gives us a lot of different aspects but more importantly he fits the profile of the player I want to bring to West Ham.

“I said I want to bring young players but we also need experience too and I think at the moment, he helps with both of those.

“He’s captained Slavia Prague, has played defensive midfield, scored a lot of goals as an attacking midfielder too.

“We needed a bit of all, some cover, another midfield player, obviously goals, so at the moment he ticks a lot of boxes.”

West Ham face Liverpool on Wednesday with the prospect of becoming the first team to beat Jurgen Klopp’s side awaiting them.

The Reds, meanwhile, can go 19 points clear at the top of the Premier League table with victory.


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