West Ham’s primary focus in this transfer window has been strengthening the squad’s attack.
Big money has been spent on both Felipe Anderson and Andriy Yarmolenko, but now manager Manuel Pellegrini looks set to turn his attention to improving the team’s midfield.
Jack Wilshere has already been brought in to give Pellegrini another option in the middle of the park but, according to Tuttosport (via Sport Witness), the former Manchester City boss is targeting further reinforcements and wants Juventus man Stefano Sturaro.
Competition at Juventus for a midfield spot is fierce with Miralem Pjanic, Blaise Matuidi and Sami Khedira currently the first names on Max Allegri’s team-sheet when it comes to that area of the pitch.
Emre Can has also been recruited, while Claudio Marchisio – when fit – is a brilliant midfielder.
Ultimately, Sturaro’s minutes are likely to be even more limited next season, and a transfer away from the Allianz Stadium seems inevitable.
However, rather than the Italy international, West Ham should make a move for Napoli’s £16.2m-rated (via Transfermarkt) Amadou Diawara instead.
Diawara has spent much of his Napoli career playing second fiddle to Jorginho – now at Chelsea – and the 21-year-old would have been hoping the midfielder’s departure to Stamford Bridge would see him get more game time this upcoming season.
But Napoli’s new manager Carlo Ancelotti has spoken of his desire for Marek Hamsik to fulfil the role left vacant by Jorginho (via Football Italia), leaving Diawara with a decision to make.
If the Guinean decides to part ways with the Naples club, he would be an excellent acquisition for West Ham.
Diawara often performed well when he came in for Jorginho and, overall, would give West Ham and their new-look attack much balance.