West Ham are interested in taking a talent youngster who cost Juventus €22m when he was only 20 years old on loan, one journalist has claimed.
The Hammers finally secured a signing who will slot into their starting XI on Saturday. A deal to sign Kurt Zouma from Chelsea was complicated, but finally went through for a fee of roughly £30m. There’s still work to be done at the London Stadium, though.
They want to secure a Jesse Lingard replacement, or preferably, Jesse Lingard. CSKA Moscow midfielder Nikola Vlasic has been considered.
As well as this, they are still searching for a new striker. But David Moyes is not working with an unlimited budget.
He and the club’s hierarchy face some difficult decisions to decide which players to hand contracts to, and which they should sign on loan.
They are considering a temporary deal for left-back Luca Pellegrini, according to Goal journalist Romeo Agrestri.
Pellegrini, 22, signed for Juve from Roma in 2019 but is yet to make a competitive appearance for them.
He has spent the last two seasons at fellow Serie A sides Cagliari and Genoa respectively. He is yet to leave this summer, though.
After some action for the Old Lady in pre-season, Pellegrini has been named on the bench for the first two games of the season.
The one-time Italy international is behind first choice Alex Sandro in the pecking order, although they are the only two conventional left-back options in the Italian side’s squad.
West Ham, in comparison, have first choice Aaron Cresswell and Arthur Masuaku in their ranks.
Pellgrini would therefore be made to work hard for a starting spot. But that was also the case for him at Genoa last season.
Prem duo eye late summer coup
Elsewhere, a report has claimed both Leeds and Liverpool are ‘genuine contenders’ to make a late summer move for impressive young attacker Mikkel Damsgaard.
Damsgaard joined Italian side Sampdoria less than a year ago for an approximate £6m fee. But in the time since then his stock has risen considerably.
He impressed in his debut season in Serie A and more notably at this summer’s European Championships.