West Ham supporters have been reasonably cheerful in the Transfer Tavern during the international break after seeing their side overcome Swansea City last time out.
The East London outfit were languishing in the Premier League’s bottom three prior to their clash with the Swans, but a Diafra Sakho winner in the 90th minute secured Slaven Bilic’s men a precious 1-0 victory, and thus moved them up to 15th in the table.
They will seek back-to-back league wins for the first time since January when they visit Burnley on Saturday, but there may be some frustration among our resident Hammers fans if a recent report from The Daily Star is anything to go by.
And that’s because they report that Bilic’s men missed out on landing SPAL defender Francesco Vicari during the summer, after being told by the Italian outfit that he was not for sale.
The 23-year-old moved to the Serie A side back in 2016 and subsequently helped them to win promotion to the Italian top-flight last season, finishing in top spot in Serie B and four points clear of second place Hellas Verona.
And with starts in all seven of their top tier encounters so far this season, it’s clear that the Italy Under-21 international remains an integral part of the squad at SPAL, and his fine form appeared to attract the interest of Bilic’s West Ham.
The Hammers enquired about the centre-back, but reports suggest that the Italian club made it clear that he was not for sale, and as such West Ham decided against pursuing the 23-year-old.
And this is surely going to come as a blow to those Hammers supporters lining up at the bar, as their side have struggled defensively so far this season, and may well have needed Vicari’s capabilities to aid them in their plight.
Landlord’s verdict: West Ham conceded 64 goals in the Premier League last season, only five teams shipped more, and they are already near the top of the list this term as well.
Slaven Bilic’s men have conceded 13 goals in their first seven games to underline the defensive concerns at the London Stadium, so news that they tried to land SPAL centre-back Francesco Vicari is hardly much of a surprise.
Yet the 23-year-old’s importance to the Italian outfit made it difficult for the Hammers to do a deal with the Serie A club, to the point that they reportedly didn’t even launch a bid following an initial enquiry.
This is sure to have frustrated manager Bilic, who will hope that his current crop of defenders can improve so that his side can start climbing the table.
West Ham fans… what do you make of the news? Let us know!