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Hammers Go All Out To Pip Liverpool For £4.2M Man

Recovering West Ham United are said to be desperate to bolster their squad in a bid to survive relegation this season.

They have looked shaky at the back throughout the campaign and have been heavily linked with moves for several defenders, with Man City’s out-of-favour Wayne Bridge as a principal target.

However, should any deal for Bridge fall through, several sources have pinpointed Liverpool’s Emiliano Insua as a potential signing.

West Ham are struggling financially and are widely tipped to use the loan market to strengthen in January. The London club are said to be broke and trading off game receipts so a pay by play basis would suit them to the ground.

Insua has been out on loan with Turkish club Galatasaray and his deal is due to end on June 30th with an option to buy the Argentine. However, Insua has looked closer to an early January return to his parent club as current club manager, Gheorghe Hagi has stated he does not want any loan players at his club.

Liverpool’s injury problems at the back this season may lead Roy Hodgson to think twice about allowing Insua to be loaned out again unless he makes any defensive signings himself. Insua became a regular fixture in the Liverpool starting XI towards the end of Rafa Benitez’s reign at Anfield and impressed fans with his tenacity and effort.

A deal with Fiorentina for the wing-back had been confirmed in the summer worth around £4.2m, however no contract was ever signed and the deal fell through. Now it would seem Insua is keen to return to England and a temporary deal with the Hammer’s could be his opportunity to impress.

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