West Ham supporters in the Transfer Tavern were left deflated by their side at the weekend after seeing the Hammers throw away a two-goal lead to only draw 2-2 away to the Premier League’s bottom club Crystal Palace on Saturday.
Slaven Bilic’s men went into their clash at Selhurst Park off the back of beating Tottenham 3-2 at Wembley in the fourth round of the Carabao Cup, and they looked on course for a much-needed league victory when Javier Hernandez and Andre Ayew gave them a two-goal cushion at half-time. However, the Eagles fought back admirably in the second half with goals from Luka Milivojevic and Wilfried Zaha securing a deserved point for Roy Hodgson’s side, but it wasn’t enough to see them move off the bottom of the Premier League table.
And for many of our resident Hammers fans, it was another disappointing weekend watching their side, and their mood is unlikely to be improved by a recent report from Romanews.eu (via Inside Futbol), which includes quotes from the agent of Bologna midfielder Simone Verdi, a reported target of West Ham.
The 25-year-old made the move to the Serie A outfit back in 2016 and has since gone from strength to strength with seven goals and six assists in 41 appearances for the club, six goals and five assists of which came last term to help them to a 15th place finish in the Italian top-flight.
And although he hasn’t quite hit those heights this time round, having netted just once in 11 Serie A matches, the midfielder has certainly proven his worth and earned two Italy caps this calendar year, and it’s form which has also reportedly attracted the interest of Bilic’s West Ham.
However, they may have to turn their attentions away from Verdi if recent comments from the player’s agent are anything to go by, as Donato Orgnoni has told Romanews.eu: ‘I don’t think anything will happen in the winter market.
‘Officially we have not received any offers or have been contacted, even by Inter. The player is happy where he is at the moment.’
And these comments are sure to come as a blow to Bilic and the Hammers hierarchy, who may have been looking at the Italy international as someone who could significantly bolster their flagging midfield ranks.
Landlord’s verdict: It has been somewhat of a struggle for West Ham, manager Slaven Bilic, and their suffering supporters this season, with the Hammers having won just twice in the Premier League so far.
Thus, it appears that further reinforcements will be needed in January if they are to climb the table in the second half of the season, although their reported interest in Bologna midfielder Simone Verdi looks set to end in disappointment.
The 25-year-old’s agent has quashed talk of a move in the winter window by conveying his player’s happiness in Serie A, in news which is sure to frustrate Bilic and the Hammers hierarchy, especially given that their midfield ranks are arguably lacking in sufficient depth to cope with the demands of a Premier League season.
Nonetheless, it looks like they will have to shift their focus onto other transfer targets.
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