According to Inside Futbol, reporting via Il Tempo, West Ham have joined Everton and Crystal Palace in the race to sign Maxime Gonalons from Roma this summer.
Gonalons only joined the Italian capital city club last summer from Lyon, but has subsequently struggled to establish himself as a consistent presence in the Roma starting XI. The 29-year-old only managed 16 Serie A appearances last season, contributing just a single assist in that time.
At this stage of his career, Gonalons needs to be a regular starter, especially if he is to ever rediscover his best form and stand any chance of forcing his way back into the French international set up.
A move to the Premier League this summer would be a great opportunity for Gonalons to prove that he still has what it takes to compete at the top level. He would also be a great addition to several top flight squads.
Apparently, Everton, West Ham and Crystal Palace have all already recognised the Frenchman’s quality and potential availability. Newcastle United would be wise to follow suit and make their own move to bring in Gonalons this summer.
The Magpies need to reinforce their midfield during this transfer window. Last season, Rafa Benitez was forced to rely too heavily upon the combination of Jonjo Shelvey and Mohamed Diame in the centre of the park.
The recruitment of Gonalons would inject further quality and depth to that area of the pitch at St James’ Park.
The Frenchman’s ability on the ball, impressive passing range, top level experience and defensive discipline would go a long way to ensuring that Newcastle have a side capable of replicating, and building upon, last season’s successful survival effort.
Transfermarkt value Gonalons at £6.75 million. Benitez should now do all he can to get a deal for the midfielder done.